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rk
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USA
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Posted - 10/31/2005 :  11:26:52 PM  Show Profile Send rk a Private Message
I have a plastic cookbook prop, but it isn't great for turning pages. I want something that will hold the book open in front of me and let me flip the page so I can still read a novel during the long stretches of plain old knitting. Seems like it should be pretty simple, but I aint come up with it yet. Maybe a music stand with some extra little adjustable tabs for the pages? Any ideas?

Hope this is the right spot for this question!

rk

The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  05:04:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
I *just* saw an ad for this in a trade magazine, they were leather book holders, maybe if you google for that something may come up? If I recall correctly, they were leather handle shaped things, with maybe weights in the ends?

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Lanea
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  06:15:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
I use my wallet or another book.

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chris
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  07:21:07 AM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
Levenger ( www.levenger.com ) has eight book stands listed (I used 'book holder' as a search). They range from $14 to $84. They also have a leather "bookstop" for $28.

NAYY...I just love Levenger and all their beautiful, mostly unnecessary, things.

chris

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anang310
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USA
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  08:27:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit anang310's Homepage Send anang310 a Private Message
I get great metal (foldable and portable) book stands at OfficeMax for about $4. Check your local office supply store in the desk accessories section.

http://www.anitaderouen.net/knitnut
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The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  09:18:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by chris

Levenger ( www.levenger.com ) has eight book stands listed (I used 'book holder' as a search). They range from $14 to $84. They also have a leather "bookstop" for $28.



That's what I saw! Can't recall the price now, or even where I saw it though...

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KAC
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USA
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  09:41:52 AM  Show Profile Send KAC a Private Message
Schoolhouse Press sells a book weight - I use mine all of the time!
http://www.schoolhousepress.com
They're $12, and they're listed on the "Knitting Needle" page.

Kim
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elizh
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  10:17:00 AM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message
I have a metal thingy I bought for holding sheet music books open on the piano. Mine is mail ordered long ago from Miles Kimball in Oshkosh Wisonsin, but I've seen similar devices in religious bookshops. I think mine was just a couple of dollars. It looks like a flat comb or a capital "E" but with 4 bars. The center bars hold it in the book, and the outer bars hold the pages open.
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Lavender Stripes
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Posted - 11/01/2005 :  5:42:18 PM  Show Profile Send Lavender Stripes a Private Message
http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?PRODID=73108&CATID=74530

Possibly the best $2.50 I've spent.
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eclair
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New Zealand
320 Posts

Posted - 11/02/2005 :  04:35:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit eclair's Homepage Send eclair a Private Message
I use a tilted bookstand with two strings tied to the top horizontal bar. They are about 12 inches long and have a weight (actually a bunch of old keys) tied to the dangling end. The string is very fine nylon and I just put the book on the stand, lay the strings over the page (they are positioned halfway across the page) so they dangle the keys below the bottom edge of the page. I can see all the words and the pages are easy to turn as I just lift the keys slightly to release the pressure which holds the pages flat. Cheap too as I already had the book stand.

Eclair
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Lanea
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  05:58:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Lavender Stripes

http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?PRODID=73108&CATID=74530
Possibly the best $2.50 I've spent.


Funny--I didn't like that little gadget. I found that it damaged pages and spines if you weren't super careful with it. Since I read fast, I had to remove and replace it so many times I found I was messing up my books.

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HellaHelen
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USA
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  10:23:36 AM  Show Profile Send HellaHelen a Private Message
Sometimes I try to balance a book on my lap while knitting on the bus ride to & from work. . . I've found that a big clip (like one of those magnetic fridge clips, know what I mean?), cushioned with something soft like a tissue or piece of fabric, does the trick without causing any damange. I just clip the page open, and re-clip when I need to turn the page!

Helen
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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  11:20:00 AM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
I hesitate to mentin this since they don't sell it anymore but maybe you can find it somewhere.

Knitpicks used to sell a great book holder. It cam in 2 sizes. You slip the back cover of the book in this little slot and the outer cover has a thin rod in it that's flexible but wants to be straight. There's a clear plastic strap that lies over the open book and snaps to the outer cover. The book is held open and flat and you can read through the plastic strip. When you want to turn the page you partially close the book, which loosens the strap. Turn the page and let go and the book snaps back flat open. I use it on the treadmill all the time. There's no identifying formation on the thing so I can't give you a name to search for. I wonder if KP still has info on where to get it.

Anita
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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  11:25:39 AM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
Unbelievable. I just googled and found it.

http://www.bookmatestore.com/book-holder.htm

I use the middle size which works great for the larger paperbacks that are so common now. Small paper backs are OK in it but they tend to slide around a little. I love mine. I think it's worth it's weight in gold.

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elizh
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  11:48:16 AM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message
After I gave my answer above, I was thinking about why I don't use of of these things while knitting. It's because I always make a copy of the pattern I'm working on, so I can take notes directly on the pattern, and I keep it in a plastic sleeve in the knitting bag, which keeps it from ripping and wrinkling. When I'm finished I make sure I've put one of the yarn wrappers in the plastic sleeve too, and then I put the whole thing into my binder of finished projects. I'm surprised how often I refer to notes on pages I've put in this binder.

If the pattern has a big chart, which frequently happens since I do a lot of cabled sweaters and I have one of those metal boards to put inside the plastic sleeve and a magnet strip, or I can use a post-it note to keep my place.

I am not an organized person, but here is one corner of my life I can easily keep as a reference.
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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  4:09:53 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
I think she's looking for something to hold a novel, not the pattern, so she can read and knit at the same time. I always copy my patterns, too, and put them in a page protector. But when knitting garter or stockinette sometimes I read at the same time.

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Valk_scot
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Posted - 11/02/2005 :  4:35:07 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
I use two clothespegs.

Val.

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