I have been looking for an analog way to keep track of my knitting for a while. I have tried plain notebooks, bullet journals, and ring binders with a page protector pocket to keep each project in. None of them are entirely what I was looking for. So I started looking for knitting-specific journals. There are a ton of these things out there – search for “knitting journal” on Amazon and look at all your results! I chose one at random from Amazon, got one from elsewhere, and pulled one I’ve had from a while from the bottom of the bookshelf where it’s been languishing for my experiment.
The first one and, I think the niftiest, is the Knitter’s Log Book from Space Cadet Yarn.
It has specific areas and prompts for the sorts of things you might want to record about your projects, along with a generous area for notes. Each 2 page spread also has a nice knitting tip on them and cute space cadet art. It also has an index area in the front where you can add the projects and page numbers for easy reference, as well as a number of other features that I think will make it very usable. There is a little video of the notebook features on the Space Cadet yarn hoepage for the curious.
The second is the Knitting Journal that you see top right on the first photo. It likewise has a lot of detail about the yarn and pattern and the sorts of things you would want to record about a project. There’s also a space for a small swatch, which I do not think I would use. I think the book would get pretty darn unwieldy, unless you are cutting these pages out and putting them in a notebook. But there’s no reason this section couldn’t get used for something else anyway. I got this from Amazon pretty recently.
The third and final one is one I have had around for a while, the Knit Notes. I don’t actually remember where I got it, but my sense is it came from our local used book store, Title Wave. It is available on Amazon, though some of the versions of it are at a pretty unreasonable price. I have tried out this journal on previous projects, lured in by the graph paper. However, if I want to design something, I have a nifty program for that, so this doesn’t really do much for me there. It didn’t thrill me when I used it previously, but I’m going to give it a try along with the others and see how I feel about it now.
I’m not sure how to test these things against each other. Use the different books for different types of projects? Record a couple of the same projects in all three of the books and see which is most user friendly? Use one until I’ve used it up and then go to the next? That would make for a pretty long term project, but I do intend to be knitting for a while, so why not.
Do you document your projects at all? What do you do?