Back in 2010 I created some Handy Reference cards for knitters and crocheters. I have been meaning to update them for a while. Something cleaner and clearer.
So I present the new Handy Reference cards.
They include a knitting needle conversion card, crochet hook conversion card and a yarn weight reference card. I also added a blank card so you could add whatever it is that you want to write instead of having to look up every once in a while.
All you have to do is print on card stock, cut out then glue every two together, back sides together. Add your notes to the blank card and laminate.
I added 4 inch marks to mine so I could check gauge if I need to without having to find my ruler.
I love reading, but I probably love bookmarks and collecting them just as much. Apparently my little girl loves these things too. She is almost 6 now but she will always grab my books, pretend to read them and then take my bookmark. And I don’t like losing my place in a book.
After a little bit of googling I found printable magnetic bookmarks on The Pretty Blog and made some for myself. If you know me or if you have been following long enough you will know that I just can’t leave things alone. For example I just can not follow a recipe, I need to add something else or take away something that should be in there. So, naturally I felt that I could make some of my own using some of my favorite photographs from my Instagram account. It made sense to use instagram because the pictures were already squared.
You can make your own, it just takes a little photo editing. Or you can download the one I made.
Magnetic Photo Bookmarks
I don’t have a specific tutorial because it will all depend on what software you will be using, but here are the basics:
- Resize your images (square them first if they aren’t square) to 4.5 – 5 cm, I found that this is a good size.
- Round the edges of the image. I use pixelmator and you select the image, then select Refine Selection.
- Copy the image and paste another copy of it on the top edge of the image.
- Flip it vertically
- Now move it in an empty place so you can add more.
- Keep going until you have all the bookmarks you want/need (not like a girl could ever have enough bookmarks)
Once you have your file ready print it on heavy cardstock
Cover it using clear plastic contact paper. You don’t have to, but this makes them more durable.
Cut each one out, making sure you cut the round corners at the top as carefully as you can. Fold along the center where the two images meet.
Glue a magnet on each side. I have these really thin, flat, square, self adhesive magnets that I find at my local stationery store.
Keep going until you have wonderful bookmarks that won’t fall out of your book. Now go read a good book.
Check out the latest version here
Every time I come across a pattern that calls for a needle or a hook thats size is not given in metric I have to go ask Google what size that is. So instead of having to do that every time I decided to make handy reference cards.
The PDF includes 3 cards
- Needle Size Conversion
- Hook Size Conversion
- WIP, gauge and recommended hook or needle size for different yarn category
I also added the WIP card because I buy lots of yarn that does not clearly state what category yarn it falls into. It makes my life easier to have a general idea.
Now I am thinking I need mini project cards and printable ball bands.
Download the PDF file for the Handy Reference Cards
Print them on card stock, cut them and have them laminated so they can withstand every day wear and tear.
For such a lazy person, I spent a couple of hours making these this mornings.
Is there anything else I am missing?