Pinterest is the digital equivalent of a wishbook. Remember cutting home decor ideas out of a magazine & pasting them in a scrapbook? Or keeping a folder of household cleaning tips? Me either. (If you visited my home you would probably say that perhaps I could have benefited from such a wishbook.) Anyway, Pinterest is a place to go look for ideas and also a place to save an idea when you come across it on the world wide web. I mostly do the latter.
Here is what the home page looks like when I log on:
If I wanted to, I could just keep scrolling down & looking at stuff. Or I could search for something in particular. But Pinterest, like Wikipedia, is created by the masses. If you see something that interests you and you click on it, the link may or may not take you somewhere helpful. I mostly ignore this page (although isn't that baby hat adorable?).
Here is MY page, with my boards (folders):
As you can see, I had so many links to crochet patterns that I had to split them up. So, how do these pictures get here? I come across something of interest (let's face it, it usually involves yarn). I think to myself, "Self, I would like to make this hat/scarf/blanket later." So I click on the little Pinterest symbol on my toolbar :
And a window pops up asking me which board I want to put it on:
Then later I go into Pinterest to my boards, and select the one I want (here is my scarves board):
I scroll down until I find the one I want & click on it. That takes me to the original website which has the pattern:
Back in the bad old days I had dozens of links to things I wanted to keep, saved as bookmarks on Internet Explorer (those WERE the bad old days!). Which was fine for articles or exercise tips - I could name the bookmark well enough to know what it was. But once I started collecting crochet patterns, without a picture attached, I would usually have to click on each one to find the one I wanted. I mean, really, I'm supposed to remember what the Dazzle Scarf looks like six months from now?
Pinterest, as a repository for all my crochet patterns of interest, works really well for me. And saves paper too - I can access it on my phone & pull up a pattern on the fly wherever I am. And frankly, that has been the biggest selling point for me, especially with all of these granny squares I'm making. I can pull up the pattern wherever I am & see how mine compares to the original.
Clear as mud? Did I convince you of its worth?