I Am A Changed Man
The iPad has made a significant difference in my life. I would go so far as to say that I am a changed man.
Listing The Ways That I Am A Changed Man
Previously, I owned an iPhone and an iMac. While I wanted to keep my electronics all compatible, I opted a while ago to go with a Samsung tablet. After a while I found I wasn’t using the tablet very much. The only thing better on the tablet than my phone was reading an electronic newspaper and watching streamed television at lunch with Thaddeus. Eventually the tablet was set up for lunch-time television viewing only, and I stopped reading the newspaper.
Enter The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil!
I definitely started reading the daily newspaper again. Mostly for the State politics. Then I started doing the daily crossword puzzle and sometimes the sudoku.
The iPad is now used for journaling, jotting down notes, setting up appointments and doing quick gauge calculations for pattern design…”hey Siri…what is 430 divided by 92 times 4?” I also go through social media on the iPad, go through e-mail and sometimes take photos.
But the real miracle, is that I have started to draw and sketch on it.
I have always had a bit of a tremor. It doesn’t affect much, but when I reached 62, it started to get a little more pronounced in my left hand. Even though I’m right-handed, I found that drawing a simple line wasn’t as easy anymore. It turned out to be more of a squiggly line.
And yes, I did discuss it with my doctor and he said it is pretty common for people over age 60. It’s called benign essential tremor.
The Miracle of the Apple Pencil and Procreate
When I realized a drawing app (Procreate) could render my squiggly lines into smooth lines, I was hooked! When you draw a line or shape in Procreate and just stop and hold the Apple Pencil at the end, it will turn your scribble into a shape…a curve, a square, an oval, etc.
Watch this little time-lapse video (you may want to
You may want to click on the “Watch on YouTube” button and change the playback speed to the slowest you can to see how my squiggly lines get automatically converted to smooth lines.
I’m also sketching without smooth-line-assist functionality. My shaky hand sometimes helps when I’m doing shading or gesture drawings.
First of all, I published the Liquified Shawl pattern to Ravelry. Before you buy it, just a couple of things:
- The pattern is completely untested. It’s relatively simple and straightforward, so even if there are errors in the pattern, even a beginner knitter will be able to keep knitting. I wanted to get the pattern out to knitters who asked me for it as quickly as possible…even if it meant it wasn’t perfect.
- If you do find an error, I will refund you the purchase price of the pattern and fix the pattern immediately.
- I’m pricing the pattern at $1 for only the first 3 weeks. After that, it will go up to my standard price of $5.20 (on September 10, 2021).
You can purchase the pattern here – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/liquified-shawlhttps://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/liquified-shawl
The Usonian Shawl is moving along very quickly…what a pleasant knit!
The last big section has just begun. I’m really loving the textures of the various stitch patterns.
These last two photos show the colors of the two yarns the best I’ve taken so far. A rosy brown and a very light robin’s egg blue.