I had no idea how spoiled I was when I was using a certain database to keep track of my patterns and I was a little lost at first when I no longer had access to it. But I am resilient and I have come up with a plan.
I should insert here that I do know that there will be other websites, new databases, and more options for organizing stash, patterns, needles, and projects. But you know what they say – once bitten, twice shy. So I’ll be keeping my info local from now on.
I started with magazines. I have almost every issue of Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and Piecework, as well as much of KnitScene, Creative Knitting, and Debbie Bliss Magazines dating back 10 years. It’s a ridiculously huge stack. I never need to get another new pattern as long as I live, and I am still subscribed to half of those, so they are still coming!
I opened up a blank spreadsheet, got myself a large chocolate bar and some steamy, creamy coffee, and started inputing patterns. I confess this is actually taking longer than it should because I am getting distracted by some really good articles that I had forgotten about. Ha! I started out very detailed.
But, when each magazine ended up taking a million years to input, I began to simplify. I can always go back and add detail later.
Besides, most of these, I know, I will never, ever knit. It’s just nice to know there are there, I guess.
Then, I bought these nice looking organizers and began filing the magazines, that were until now just stacked haphazardly anywhere I put them (bookshelf, night stand, under my bed, on the desk…) into a nice, neat pattern shelf in my room.
Soon, I will be able to at least search my patterns for women’s sweaters or toys. I may not be able to narrow it down to fabric characteristics or needle size, but it’s a start. And a good one, at that!
I don’t really want to think about it yet, but I will probably do something similar with the stash. I have a really elaborate stash storage plan that I can’t even begin to do because of the remodeling going on, but that will come in time.
As for project pages, I have a thing for that, too. Here is the one for my sweater that I told you about recently.
Obviously, the sweater is not finished, so the page isn’t finished either. The grey boxes will be more pictures and it’s a two sided page. I plan to print it out and make a binder. I might even print and file all of the pages that I saved as PDFs from my last ten years of knitting.
But we’ll see. I need to switch gears and plan the next school year. I’ve got one graduating this school year and one going into first grade with a few others in between. And a toddler. It’s gonna be fun.
Do you find yourself in this predicament? Are you going come up with new ways to organize your knitting? Or are you waiting on one of the new upstart sites? I’m interested in what others are doing.