Crochet Goes Digital

I still remember the click and clack of my mother's typewriter. It was an old, antique cast iron typewriter that, as a young child, I couldn't carry to the table by myself. I was in awe of the crisp, clean pages I could create, but it was nearly impossible to bring the typewriter with me.

 
Interweave Crochet Fall 2008  

Fast forward a few years and digital has changed the world. Not only do computer and tablets make it simple to take a "typewriter" with you wherever you go, but the printed page is no longer the only way to carry a pattern, article, or picture with you.

 
  A Family of Slippers

Now you can digitally download an entire magazine, set of magazines, book, or individual pattern. With digital, you never have to worry about spills, disasters such as floods, or pets ruining your magazine. If you prefer to work from a physical copy, you can print the pattern you are working on and write directly on the page. I love to be able to cross off completed rows in charts and make notes in the margin when I am modifying a pattern.  But I also use my favorite crochet patterns over and over again, sometimes with and sometimes without the modifications. So I often print a "clean" copy of the pattern for the second or third project.

And it's not just patterns or pattern books that you can download now in the Crochet Me Shop. For the ultimate instant gratification, how about a downloadable video workshop? That shipping window is always such a difficult wait. I want to start on a new project or technique now. Digital workshops are portable and great for an evening of crochet at home, or to watch over again while you are waiting at an airport or doctor's office. I certainly could have used one at the dentist's the other day.

 
Mosaic Crochet with Lily Chin  

In just a few years we have surged past the typewriters and video cassette players of the past. I don't see print disappearing anytime soon, but I love the portability and usability advantages that digital is continuing to create. Jump into the digital world and download a pattern, book, magazine, or workshop today.

Best wishes,

P.S. What are the advantages and disadvantages you have seen with digital?

 

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