My thoughtful son, Paul gave me a wonderful gift at Christmas - a Kindle. This is so like him, he has always planned and carried out thoughtful gifts for me.
I hadn't thought of purchasing a Kindle, and I do love books - but I wondered if he had this in mind in the fall, when he started talking to me about Kindles.
Paul felt I should have it the week before Christmas, and gave it to me then - in our small 2 person family, we have been pretty informal about the process of gift giving, we're not too hung up about the where and when.
I am thoroughly enjoying reading on the Kindle - it took me abit of time to get used to reading books on the screen, but I have found that with time, the experience is no different from reading a paper book.The kindle just recedes into the background, for me.
So, I decided that to protect the Kindle, I would order a cover, and chose one through Amazon, made by Eforcity in light blue, for only $6.95, which was within my personal budget for accessories, and a surprisingly good price.
Before it arrived I decided to make a crochet cover for the time being. I used some yarn I had - and think it turned out well.
After starting on my project, I decided to search other ideas for Kindle covers on Google. My favourite one was at a wonderful and friendly blog called Mama's Little Monkeys. Amy's cover was like mine, but she crocheted hers in one piece (which I decided to do as well, after reading her blog post); she used a more complicated stitch; and she lined hers with felt, as well.
I enjoyed reading at her blog and plan to visit often. I'm so sorry, I still don't know how to share by way of making a link - so I am posting her tutorial following this post.
The Kindle book cover arrived last week, and it seems to work good. I understand there is some concern that some covers could damage the screen, this one seems fine.
I use the crochet cover as a "sweater" to protect it from the very cold temperatures when I take it to work on the bus. :)
The first book I purchased and read was "Magic Hour", by Kristen Hannah, and I found this a very good read. Hannah is a very good writer, and I plan to read more of her books. Since then I've read 3 1/2 more books which is actually more than I have been reading lately.I used to be quite a fast reader, but this year I had slowed down. Not this month though.
Presently I am enjoying the newest book by a very favourite writer, Gish Jen, called "Town and Country".
I enjoy being able to search for books with the Kindle store, and have found the newest books from writers I love. As well there is an extensive free collection of Kindle books, and I've downloaded some old favourites. I'm looking forward to rereading "Little Women", which is the first book I remember reading as a child, and truly loved.
Umm - my two "Guardians of the computer" - or my Muses, or whatever...I can't write my posts without them. Generally Herbert rests his substantial head on my right wrist while I type, while Arthur loses interest quickly and goes away to sleep.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Happy Chinese New Year!
If you would like to read Amy's pattern for a crochet Kindle cover, just continue reading below!