Spring is in the air here and with that comes spring cleaning. And since I am chronically allergic to vacuuming, washing windows and generally tidying up (I kid, I kid!) I figured I would pick something easy to organize. My internet bookmarks!
I finally got turned on to Evernote, a free note taking web app. Not only is it a program you can install onto your desktop, there’s also a web clipper for your browser (Firefox, Chrome and Safari that I know for sure) and an app for your smart phone/tablet. It’s free and will sync across all platforms! And you can log in to their website and access all of your notes and notebooks that way too. Pretty nifty.
I’ve gotten the most use out of their web clipper, especially for free patterns that are listed on blog pages but don’t come in a downloadable pdf form, like the patterns featured on Knitty!
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As you can see, I have the pattern I want to clip open, so I click on the Evernote button. It’s in the shape of an elephant with a curled in trunk. (Fun Fact: Elephants have 24 molars. In an average elephant’s lifetime, they will get six sets of teeth! Those molars also weigh about 10 to 15lbs each.)
Evernote will then let you choose what you want to clip and how you want to organize and label your note.So here, I picked out what I wanted to clip and how to organize this clipping. Evernote gets smarter over time and now knows to tag anything from Knitty with “pattern” and puts it into my “patterns” notebook. I also tag patterns with either “knit” or “crochet” and I can add notes too like what yarn to use. I’ve also further tagged patterns that I’ve clipped with the recommended weight of yarn as well. Then, with the help of Ravelry’s Library feature, I can search for the right pattern for my projects.
One other super cool feature? I’ve taken photos of paper patterns (Jimmy Bean Wool puts a pattern on the back of their packaging) and Evernote turns that photo into TEXT. Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve been able to photograph recipes and business cards and then toss the hard copy away.
And since all of this nifty information syncs across all of my devices, I don’t have to lug my computer into the kitchen if I want to cook from a recipe! Nor do I have to be connected to the internet to access my notes.
Evernote also lets you type up notes for class and lets you add in radio buttons to create a to-do list. I don’t use those features but their blog highlights how people use the program to suit their needs.
Full disclosure: I was not asked to write up this tutorial and review. I just love the program that much. Did I mention that it’s free?