Edward’s Menagerie and eBooks!

Recently I purchased an eBook first for me. Since Abi had a kindle about 3 years ago we have bought various eBooks.  Now I love books, the feel, the smell and especially old books but we have one problem and that is space!  We already have several boxes of books in the loft.  Books the children have grown out of, books for Josh to grow into and books that we rotate because we just don’t have enough room downstairs for them all.

The other benefit of eBooks is that we have can easily take plenty of books wherever we go on our phone/tablet.


A few weeks I decided to buy a new crochet book called Edward’s Menagerie, inspired by the animals Kathryn is creating here.  (Kathryn has had rather a rough ride health-wise and like quite a few of us, Kathryn crochets to fill the time when she is not well enough to do other things.)


This is a great book.  There are three levels from beginner to advanced and the toys really are gorgeous.  He also gives you all the yarn thickness options from fine to chunky, approx how much you will need and what size they will make up!

In an attempt to save money I decided to buy the e version! I love the book and I am just about to start making the rabbit for the little baby girl my cousin had recently but….

… I am not at all sure how I feel about working from an eBook. After a few minutes of not being touched the screen switches off and then I have to faff about turning it back on and it just isn’t the same.  With my crochet books I usually photocopy the pattern to make the project more portable.  So yesterday I had a play about, managed to download the book onto our laptop, and was able to copy and paste the pattern into a Word document.  Annoyingly though it would not let me copy the pictures.  I keep my printed off patterns in a folder and I like to be able to see what they are at a glance by the picture.

So overall,  yes it saves space but I don’t think I will be buying another eBook in a hurry!

Do you have eBooks and have any of you ever bought a craft eBook?  I would love to hear how you have got on with them.

Oh, and before I go, I have started my budgie knitting!!  Groan, I am having to ‘make a stitch’ several times and I seem to end up with a hole.  I have watched a couple of YouTube videos, It looks as though I am getting it right but I can’t be!  The dilemma now is, do I unravel the rows I have struggled with or just carry on and somehow sort the holes out.  This is one of the reasons I am not so keen on knitting, it is just not as forgiving with mistakes as crochet!!


Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

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8 thoughts on “Edward’s Menagerie and eBooks!

  1. What cute, cute animals! I’m knitting a cute cat right now.

    I have tried many different types of increases, and was very disappointed by the hole. This method usually works for me without leaving a hole, and you can make it slanting to the left or the right. Here’s the right slanting one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCV0VC0Yim4 and here is a video showing the left: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmUSinUjZbE. In the cat the increases are centered on one middle stitch, so I do the right increase one one side, and the left on the other. If it doesn’t matter I just do the increase that is easiest for me.

    I bought some craft books and magazines for the Nook to try them out, and I have also run into the problems that you have. You can set the screen to time out after a much longer time so that you don’t need to keep fighting with it turning off on you. I leave the Nook plugged in so the battery doesn’t run out. 🙂 I have tried to print, and have not been successful, so I’m still buying craft books and magazines the old fashioned way. I have gotten rid of a lot of my hard copy books and am really enjoying using the e-reader. Having more shelf space for yarns and stuff like that is nice, too. Some books, of course, will never leave me. 🙂 I loved your collection of old books.

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    1. Thank you so much for the links, I shall start again!!
      I will have to change my settings for the time out. I couldn’t print through my tablet but once I had downloaded kindle onto my laptop it was much easier to copy and paste ready to print.
      I hardly ever get rid of a book, hence the bulging loft!! Someday I shall have to have a good sort out. Thanks again. X

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  2. I bought only one craft eBook so far, I had a bit of a problem printing a pattern I was using from my iPad but I managed, had to print it from my computer. I had the same frustration with the first cook (bread baking) book I got, my iPad kept switching off and it took so much time cleaning hands and switching it back on until I had a helpful tip to set the auto-lock for longer or even “never” option. That changed things. 🙂 I love old books too and keep all the books we buy. You have a lovely collection on your shelf and a very cute stick family.

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    1. hi Larisa, Hehe, I have one e cookbook too, I ended up swiping it with my chin!! When I print, I think I will print screen next time as when I copy and pasted into Word, it came up very small and each line of the pattern into one big paragraph, so I had to work through it all changing it. I will definitely be changing my autolock settings too. I love my stick family, Josh had great fun making them. Thanks for getting in touch. Sharon x


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