The nice thing about teaching the same group of people nearly full time for 6 weeks is that it gave me a lot of time to think during the commute, etc. That Jillian caved and bought a Kindle (which I was able to pet at TNNA) was another thought-provoker, especially when I gave in, too. Then I fell in love with my Kindle. See, we’re starting to run out of wallspace here at Knitgrrl HQ, what with all the books, comic books and yarn. And I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I’ve been caught in an airport with less-than-exciting reading material available. So the Kindle was the right device at the right time for me. Seems I’m not the only one thinking it’s ripe for knitting.
Although the screen isn’t color, its resolution is every bit as crisp as a good laptop screen (it brought back fond memories of my PowerBook 520, actually) — 167 ppi or pixels per inch. This means charts and all the other things we knitters need are perfectly serviceable. To compare it to paper, most printed materials such as books are 300 dpi, or dots per inch. Imagine being able to port around all the patterns in your digital library to the yarn store — actually, there is a first-gen mobile web browser, and for what it’s worth, you can read Knitty.com patterns fairly nicely inside it! No need to print out a bunch of copies which inevitably get lost — you can even write little notes to yourself inside a document, say if you change the number of stitches or adjust the sizing.
In short, I love the Kindle, and I love knitting, and I am planning to bring them together in a big way by publishing things specifically formatted for the Kindle. Now, no worries — I’ll still publish my forthcoming patterns as PDFs on Ravelry and here, but in the interest of forging new paths on the knitting frontier, I’d like to get together a groups of test knitters who have Kindles.
So, if you’ve got a Kindle and are a knitter/fiber person, leave a comment or email me. Let’s play!