Knitting Project Journal
Using Eunny's notebook as inspiration, I am in the process of putting together my own permanent project journal to use in conjunction with my carry-along journal. I already have the binder rings, the paper, chipboard (for the covers) and a 3-hole punch.
I decided that like Eunny's, I wanted half-pages (5.5" x 8.5") so I put together something I could run through my printer and cut in half then 3-hole punch. I have a ton of paper with printed designs on the front and blank on the back (think scrapbook paper). I'll use the blank side for the project journal notes. However, if I use plain paper (blank on the front and back), I'll print the grid on the reverse. If you decide to try out what I'm sharing here, be sure to print the FIRST page only if you don't want the grid. It's here if you want it (it's a .pdf, so you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it and print it).
How does a knitting journal help me? When I start knitting something (anything), whether it's a swatch or beginning a new project, I put it in my notebook with the start date along with details about my yarn and needles used. Even if my knitting gets sidetracked, I'll be able to refer to my notebooks to pick up where I left off and it's also helping when it's time to blog my projects. Your mileage may vary, but this works well for me. The project spreadsheet I started in 2004 was NOT working well. I kept forgetting to update it and it wasn't portable. I'm rep-purposing a lot of supplies I already have around the house, so I'm not suggesting you do your own notebook the same way, but I am recommending that you write things down. If you knit a lot, you can't trust your memory for the details and someday, either you or somebody else will want to know that little tidbit you didn't think was important.
Thank you all for the get well wishes -- most of us are feeling better since starting the antibiotics. I worked yesterday so I didn't get to knit much on the throw/afghan square, but I thought I'd share what I've done since I blogged last:
I'd mentioned the tiny bit of frustration I am having with the thick/thin nature of Manos and while it's not an ideal knitting situation, I am admiring the deep brick color and the texture of this square. I think that when it's finished, I'll love it - the color makes it all worthwhile for me.
And Friday's progress on a baby hat for a preemie:
The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (Happy Valley colorway) knit on Size 1 Crystal Palace bamboo DPNs. I'm using Knitting Rules as a guide for knitting the preemie hat. For more information about knitting for preemies in general, go visit The Preemie Project.
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