Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How I lost my knitting mojo.

Post-Christmas I lost my will to knit. This was, no doubt, at least partially caused by the fact that I knit my fingers to the bone to hit all of my self-imposed deadlines. And I did. But right after Christmas, Rykert and I were scheduled to take off driving toward Louisiana for a week or so. And in anticipation of the long drive, I packed multiple knitting projects with the best of intentions. But then this intervened.

Kindle 3

Yes, for Christmas I was generously gifted with a Kindle. And with the announcement this week of Amazon's release of the second generation, I realized that I never shared this.

I was secretly wanting a Kindle but (a) it was out of my league for treating myself and (b) I didn't tell anyone because it was too much to ask for in a gift. Well, my parents read my mind and there was one waiting under the tree for me. I really really like it.

I was worried that I would miss turning pages and the tactile parts of reading a book. But I don't. The screen is very easy to read and easy on the eyes. The best part of course is that you don't have to lug books around, and the Whispernet service allows you to shop from anywhere and have books arrive nearly instantaneously. This was useful as we were in southern Missouri when I finished Wicked. Luckily, it was a cinch to browse Amazon and find a new title to start reading. And while traveling it was easy to get the New York Times each morning. And reading a physical newspaper is never something I enjoyed (the bulk, the ink), so this is as good as reading online.

I really love reading. It's something that I don't do as often as I used to since I have to read a lot for my job and most of my free time is spent knitting. But this has definitely gotten me back into the reading mode, and I am reading more. Further, the Kindle can also receive pdfs. So, I could email a work document or knitting pattern to carry around with me. There is also a very basic web browser.

Of course the downsize is the expense. So if you aren't a book buyer, this probably isn't for you. My sisters and I share books through our accounts which is a nice feature but clearly has limitations. The next generation certainly has some perks but nothing that I am really missing.

So that's the partial explanation for the slow down in knitting content.

2 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

bloomingknitter said...

I have seen this on Amazon and considered purchasing one, but I love the smell of a new book and I am afraid I would miss that. Maybe one day when I really want to buy something nice for myself.

Debbie said...

I know a couple of people with Kindles and they love them, too. I'm sure I'd love one myself, but, as you say, the expense is not trivial. Since I get most of my books from the library and paperbackswap.com, buying books even at $10 each would be a big expense for me -- I usually read a minimum of two books a week. So, the price will have to come down. But I do envy those of you who get to play with it.

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