I was getting ready to write a full and frank report card on my self-imposed deadline: to finish the Citron Grand that I’m knitting in beautiful Sylph by yesterday evening. (Synopsis: the set-a-deadline strategy almost worked, which is great. I bound off Citron Grand on Monday evening, though, instead of Sunday evening.)
But then I read a comment to Jillian Moreno’s article (“Better Know a Sheep: Breeds and Yarns”) that rocked my world, and made me realize that a brief supplement to our How to MDK user’s manual is in order.
This one is a game-changer. It makes MDK a lot more useful to knitters.
In response to Jillian’s useful post on using different breeds of wool for different types of projects, reader Minnesota E commented: “Thank you for the wonderful information. Now I have to save this where I will remember!”
The light went on: this is a need that our brainy website designers anticipated! There is a wonderfully simple solution! I need to tell Minnesota E, and everyone!
The Solution: Save It
Every MDK reader can create their own library of articles that they want to be able to find again quickly.
For example, I want to remember how to install a zipper in a handknit. Kate Atherley wrote an epic, enlightening tutorial on how to install a zipper in a handknit.
Problem: I do not currently need to install a zipper in a handknit (well, I do but let’s not talk about that right now). By the time I get myself together to install a zipper in a handknit, I may have forgotten where that tutorial is, right here on our own website.
Solution: Put Kate’s tutorial in my Saved Articles, in my personal MDK account, where it will wait for me until I need it.
How to Save an Article
Here’s Kate’s article, which resides forevermore in the How To category on MDK. You can always find it there, but there is a lot of other goodness in that category. If you want to save a specific article for later in your own account, here’s how. (Make sure you are logged into your MDK account, so the system knows where to put the articles you want to save.)
Look on the left side of the text of the article, to the box under “16 Comments.” Here’s a close-up.
The first symbol in a box looks like a flag. That’s the one! Click it, and it turns red, indicating that you have saved the article to your account.
How to Locate an Article That You’ve Saved
Now that you’ve saved it, how do you find it in your account?
Here’s the home page.
Look up at the top right, in the gray-shaded area above the navigation bar. Here’s a close-up.
See the symbol that looks like the head and shoulders of a little person, to the left of the shopping cart? Hover over it, and a menu drops down.
Click “Saved Articles,” and your saved articles will appear. Here, in my account, Kate’s article is on the far right.
Kate’s article will wait patiently in my account, not nagging me about that zipper or anything, but easy for me to find when zipper ambition strikes.
Once I’ve got my zipper in, I can click on the little red flag again, to un-save the article. (Because Lord knows it will be a long time before I install another zipper, amirite?)
Using the same method, you can also favorite products in the Shop, which saves them to your account so you can go back and look at them lovingly or even buy them.
I saved Sylph, my current Desert Island Yarn and yarn of my Citron Grand.
And if you click on “Digital Patterns and Books” in your account, here’s what you get:
Everything you’ve downloaded, free or paid, is there, waiting for you to need it.
When do these things expire? “Never.” Which is a very long time.
Hope this is useful to all. Let the saving and fave-ing begin!