If you haven’t yet had a chance to peek at Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks, you’re missing something. It’s packed full of tricks, tips, information — the section about gauge blew my mind — and it has lots of other things I want to have this reference book handy for, such as the one-pass SSK.
Fixed format versus flowing with scaleable text
But if you have seen it, in the ebook version, you might have wondered what was going on. That has to do with it being a “fixed” ebook, in other words it was formatted to not flow as ebooks usually do, if I understand correctly in order to keep the text with the associated illustrations (I’m not sure I have that right, or that the reason was actually given). There were a lot of readers who had trouble with that, because it means the text is not scaleable, and for some of us older readers, the beauty of reading ebooks on Kindle is that scaleable text. I hadn’t complained about it out loud, but I’m reading it on a Kindle, and I have to say I was struggling with the teeny-tiny text. But now there’s going to be a fix, an ebook update from Amazon will be out in a couple of weeks. All the information about it can be found in this video from Patty Lyons on her YouTube channel:
I still plan to get the printed version, myself, because that’s the way I like to have knitting books that are image-rich and especially those I want to use as either a reference or for patterns, which includes nearly every knitting book I’ve ever purchased. I’m a great fan of ebooks for reading novels, it’s my preferred way to read most fiction. But with this one I only started with the ebook, well, for reasons I won’t go into. The printed book is on my list, because it’s so, so full of
good great tips!