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Document, Document, Document

For some reason, documentation of knitting projects is suddenly a thing.  Or possibly it has always been a thing, and I just didn’t notice. Whichever, how you plan your knitting and document your projects while they are in progress and after they are done is currently a big deal.  

Ravelry is, of course, one of the major ways that people make notes both for themselves and to share with other interested parties. I often make notes about projects, especially when I feel like there is something tricky about a pattern, or when I deviate from a pattern in a way I think others might find interesting.  But I don’t always.  And certainly a lot of other people don’t bother, for whatever reason. 

What I do always do is keep notes in my notebooks.  Here is my current, super-fancy note keeping system.

It isn’t all knitting notes – the tidy looking parts are magazine, and there are embroidery book and notebooks on the bottom right.  Note the decorative ball band nest. 

 Mostly what is in those notebooks is page protectors that I have the printed out, folded, written on pattern, a gauge swatch (when I did one), ball band from the yarn, and any notes or other relevant info.  This is actually more helpful for remembering what I did than you might think.  I always highlight my size information on patterns, so I know which size I made.  I also write down the needle size and work it into the swatch.  So this is fairly helpful, but somehow I feel like it could be more efficient.  I don’t know how – maybe an archive for things I will never knit again?  

Anyway, this is currently coming up because all of a sudden, bullet journals are a thing.  I had vaguely heard of this style of journaling before, but in the past couple of weeks it is all over the place.  Mason-Dixon Knitting is selling one, as is Kate Davies. Webs had one that sold out. Jimmy Beans has a sort of low-key set of knitting journals that seem to be really laid back bullet journals. And Etsy is just awash with the things.  

I looked over a number of bullet journaling website and blog posts, and it seems fairly straightforward.  But I don’t know. Am I ready to move away from my fabulous 3 ring binders into the world of washi tape and cute stickers?  I don’t know.  On the one hand, people seem really enthused about it. Am I missing out? On the other hand, my notebooks seem to be working out just fine so far.   If I do try it, will I find I’m just falling the hype and it’s just another notebook system? 

How do you plan and document your projects?  Do you use a bullet journal, and if so, how do you like it?  

10 thoughts on “Document, Document, Document

  1. I started a bullet journal last year and as the time has gone it has less things included in it. I don’t use it to track knitting or spinning like I do on Ravelry, but I do find the Future Months planner, monthly list planner and daily I do record achievements and appointments. At the end of the month I write a monthly summary and it’s a snapshot of positive things achieved or done. On Pinterest and elsewhere you will see all this beautiful writing and pictures and different formats that look really pretty…what I found was this lasted 2 months for me and then it returned to just normal writing and no pictures and no pressure to make it look pretty.

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  2. I used to take super detailed notes on my projects but now it’s just Ravelry and the blog. I have gotten lazy enough that my tracking notes (so I know where I am when I pick a project back up) are scribbles on the pattern.

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    1. I only really record the needles in case I need to step away from a project for a while, or if I ever make another one, so I know what I did. But you are keeping pretty good track on your blog too!


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