I like a good intricate pattern as much as the next person. One that I can really sink my teeth into, one that really takes all of my attention.
I also like patterns with acres and acres of stockinet stitch. I love the way stockinet stitch feels and looks, all smooth and uniform, and I enjoy being able to totally zone out while my hands are hard at work. I will be watching TV, or chatting with a friend, then I look down and Hey! I’ve got 6 more inches of stockinet. It’s rather pleasing.
If a pattern is particularly simple (like the Boyfriend Scarf), just a tube of knitting, I can even read if I have a hands-free way of wrangling my book. It’s hard to do with a paper book, but with an e-reader (a Kindle or the like), it’s totally manageable. You can just leave your book out on your table and lean over it to read, but it’s much more pleasant with my handy-dandy, virtually free bookstand. Also, if you don’t want to read while knitting, you can totally use this bookstand for your other hands-free book reading needs.
1 Wire Hanger (the cheap-o kind you get from the cleaners. I’ve never actually taken anything to the dry cleaners, but I still have about a million of these hangers at my house. I think they multiply when I’m not looking)
1. Bend the hanger into a V-shape, making sure that the two arms are roughly even, smoothing out the “shoulders.”
2. Bend the hook closed. This will become the back leg of the stand.
3. Bend the back leg down, so that it is at a roughly 90 degree angle with the arms.
4. Bend the last 2 or 3 inches of the arms upward, giving your e-reader a nice little seat.
5. Adjust all the parts of the book stand until it sits nice and even.