It’s a new year and organizing seems to be the buzzword for January. What’s more fun than organizing your knitting projects for the year?
There are a couple of ways for tracking what you are doing and organizing your knitting projects. If you’re a paper and pencil person, then a nice notebook works great. (You can get all fancy with colored pens and stickers if you like doing that. I keep mine pretty simple.)
What should you keep track of? Anything you find useful! Here are some ideas for pages:
- Patterns that you want to knit soon
- Yarn that you want to use this year
- Finishes for the year
- Year to Year project numbers (total finished, yards used)
- Yarn you want to remember to try in the future
- Possible Camp Loopy projects
- Patterns that you like to make for gifts
- Patterns that you own via pdf or have in Knit Companion
- Books that you own
- Patterns you’ve made that you want to make again
- Yarn that you have in stash
- Or just yarn from certain companies that you collect
- Designers that you like and follow
- Christmas/Holiday/Birthday gifts to make this year
- Knitting Needles/Crochet hooks that you own
- WIP’s (works in progress)
- Color inspirations/combinations you’d like to try
- A page for each project with start/finish dates and yarn info
Here are some of my pages in my notebook:
Need some ready-to-print pages for a 3-ring notebook instead?
You might also want to print some of our handy reference lists to add to your notebook.
Not into the paper and pencil thing?
You can also track almost all of these same things if you have a Ravelry account. There are a lot of options, but two things I want to highlight from there that have been helpful to me:
- You can add tabs to your project page. I have tabs for each year and tabs for the things I like to knit the most. I like clicking on a tab and being able to see specific categories within my projects.
How do you add them?
Decide on your tab names and add them to the top of your project page. Three easy steps:
First you click the organize icon/button:
Then you’ll get a screen where you can create a new set:
And finally, you’ll name your set (your tab) and indicate the tags that go into that set:
Tags to include in set – perhaps you want a Shawls tab, and you want anything tagged shawl or shawls to go into that tab. Type both words there.
Name for this set – I do tabs for each year and tabs for things I like to make. You can do tabs for anything – gifts, toys, baby, yardage, etc.
Now, when you add a project, add your tab name as a tag on the project, and it will automatically be filed under that tab.
The second feature I like on Ravelry is Bundles.
- You can make bundles for pattern ideas that you want to group by topic/project/use. I have bundles for gift knitting, baby knitting, Camp Loopy (800+ yardage), etc. Go to your Favorites (Faves) and there you can create Bundles.
When you click on a bundle, it gives you several ways to add patterns into that bundle (from your favorites, from tags, from a search, etc.)
Is it worth it to keep track of all of these things? Well, I don’t spend TOO much time on it, because I’d rather be knitting! But it does save me time when I want some ideas for projects, or I want to try a new yarn, or I want to remember to make a pattern within the next couple of months and I don’t want that pattern to get lost in my 1200 Favorites list. 🙂 And I do love seeing my finished projects by year, to keep track of what I do each year.
These are just some of the things I track for organizing knitting projects. Your lists will be different, depending on what is important to you. I use these tools to enhance my knitting/creating time, not to take away from it!
Do you have other lists that you track for your projects? Feel free to share them in the comments! Do you need more yarn to organize? Pop over and tell us what you need and we’ll get it shipped right out!