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