So instead of accomplishing anything more useful (like repairing the curtain and the bug nets for the van) I've just been faffing around. Spinning:
OK. Technology Alert! Those without an iPad or iPhone might want to move along.
In an ongoing effort to avoid printing my knitting patterns out I finally broke down and purchased a new app: GoodReader. Not to be confused with the similarly-named Goodreads (which I use to keep track of the books I read), this one is a substitute for iBooks, the PDF reader app that comes with the iPad. Unlike iBooks you have many more options available in GoodReader including multiple folders to keep everything organised, coloured stars for your favourite files and folders, renaming files, importing images and text documents and other file formats and more. But the best thing of all is markup! Lines, arrows, boxes, highlighters, sticky notes, text, and drawing/handwriting all over the pages! It's glorious. Now I can highlight my size, adjust the pattern to fit, make notes on the pages as I go and bookmark the page I'm working on. Even more fabulous, I can have moveable lines in any colour to mark my place in a chart. Unlike magnets or stickies the lines can't be moved accidentally or fall off. I can also enlarge the chart to fill my screen or scroll around it if I make it even larger. And all of the markups are editable, moveable and deletable (is that a word?).
The only thing missing is one or more counters but I don't like them on the iPad anyway. Otherwise I could get a separate app because there are many out there. But I don't want to leave the iPad on while I'm knitting and I can't be bothered to turn it on every time I need to click it. In a pinch I could always use hash marks on the pattern page. My usual method is just to count my increases, decreases, rows or whatever by looking at my knitting. Unless the yarn is particularly wild and fuzzy (or it's particularly dark in the room!) I can read my stitches. Gotta have some skills after 60 years of knitting. Erm...
So I spent a couple of hours getting up close and personal with GoodReader. It's a bit of a learning curve since it's really quite powerful. It has a fairly comprehensive Help though it does tend to get a mite more technical than necessary for some people (including possibly me). Experimenting I found two ways to get my PDFs into the app: download them in Safari and tap the Open in... at the top of the page and choose GoodReader from the app list or use iTunes to move files over from my computer when syncing. GoodReader has a rudimentary browser but it doesn't work well enough to get past my Ravelry login unless you have the exact URL of the PDF. Too fiddly to be useful. Screen captures or photos are easy to import internally though, as are other files if you have iCloud Drive, which I don't. Final conclusion? Me likey! I may never use iBooks again. So there, Apple, who somehow think it's just fine to not update their app since 2013.
Sadly however there's still an iPad reading issue. I can't get my library ebooks with either iBooks or GoodReader. I need to either read them online in Safari (the interface is very nice!) or download them to Adobe Digital Editions (of which I am not so fond). There is an Overdrive library app but not all the library books are available for it yet. I'll wait. Just like I'm still waiting for a truly functional app to write these blog posts!
OK. Technology Alert Off!
My wee brains are toasting. It's nearly 30C outside and not a whole lot cooler in my studio! The wool is sticking to my sweaty fingers. Time to have a cool drink and make a salad for supper. I have plenty of greens and reds from the garden.