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Jan 6, 2019 11:23:35   #
pjcoldren
 
After knitting for half a century, I've gotten the notion to keep track of what I'm doing. Go figure. Do any of you keep a knitting journal? If so, do you purchase one or did you come up with your own "this works for me" format? I know I saw, several years ago, a blog or post somewhere about a really amazing knitting journal (not cheap, of course) and I think it came from Germany. Does anyone have a clue about this one? I've tried the Google route - nothing really spoke to me. I tend to rely on people who have "been there, done that" for input that will help me and makes sense to me. Thanks for any and all help you may render; I've never seen a question posted that somebody, somewhere doesn't have a relevant answer for.
 
Jan 6, 2019 11:27:00   #
Kay Knits
 
I don't do any journaling, but make notes on my patterns, and frequently make those notes as comments on my Ravelry page. That way if I made modifications and liked the results, I can go back to the original for the information. I try to put all my projects in Ravelry - wish I'd have had that option years ago.
Jan 6, 2019 11:31:19   #
fergablu2
 
I have a notebook for jotting down notes for original or design variations, but no formal journal. I’d rather be doing than writing. My husband keeps taking it to make notes on whatever, so I had notebooks made with a picture of my cat on it with my intials, but I haven’t used it yet. If I’m serious about a design, I use the notes to write up a document on Word and convert it to a pdf.
Jan 6, 2019 11:41:14   #
AniM
 
I guess I take the lazy route. Lately, I’ve been taking pictures of my finished products. Came to a complete standstill over Christmas and can’t decide what to do next
A journal sounds like a great idea. Possibly a three-ring binder would be most practical.😍
Jan 6, 2019 11:44:52   #
Kim Pracy
 
I have just started taking a picture of them over the last couple of years, because I forget. 😆
Jan 6, 2019 11:46:14   #
katanamama (a regular here)
 
Every year I start off with the best of intentions of keeping a knitting journal with notes on the pattern and yarn used as well as photos.

I purchased a knitting journal then decided it was too expensive for the limited space allotted for individual projects. Craft stores sell very attractive inexpensive blank journals which allow as much space as you want to devote to each project. They are all in one place and completely ignored.

I decided journals take up too much time and I'd rather spend my time enjoying what I want to do, simply the joy of knitting.

Same goes for using Ravelry with updates on projects and yarn stash. I have to be very bored with nothing better to do before I update on Ravelry. For those who do, thank you your efforts are greatly appreciated and valued.
 
Jan 6, 2019 11:55:15   #
MarilynVPR
 
Several years ago I copied a template (from where I don’t remember, try www.KathrynIvy.com) that allows you to record all the details of your project. It even as a space to place a picture. I try to record my “major” projects on these pages in a three ring binder. When I need more pages, they are as close as my printer/copier!
Jan 6, 2019 11:58:28   #
gramknits (a regular here)
 
I don't keep a journal, but I fill out a note sheet for each item I make as I'm working on it. Most of my patterns are in plastic protectors sleeves that go in binders. I keep a fat, unlined notepad that is about 4" x 6" in my knitting bag, and I just write down info of what I used and what I did: yarn used, needle size, any size info regarding number of stitches I cast on, how many rows or rounds I knit, etc. When the item is done I tear off the piece from the notepad and place it with the pattern in the protector. I always put the person's name on top so I know who was the recipient. This is a huge help when needing to repeat the pattern, either for the same person or someone else who likes the pattern.
Jan 6, 2019 11:58:56   #
Knitsue
 
I don't have a journal as such, but I try to take pictures of everything I make. I keep a 3 ring binder with patterns I have used with notes and some pictures of what I made from them. (It is very incomplete.) I have another binder in which I have pictures of my entries in the local county fair and any ribbons or comments. I knit, crochet, and do quilting.
Sue
Jan 6, 2019 11:59:05   #
Jiggs
 
This seems to be the year for knitters to journal. Kate Davies recently had 3 blogs on journaling and is selling a journal that is made in Germany.

https://katedaviesdesigns.com/2018/12/28/5-tips-for-getting-started-with-your-journal/

https://www.shopkdd.com/ribbons/knitting-season-journal

Mason-Dixon also has gotten into BuJo (bullet style journaling):

https://www.masondixonknitting.com/how-my-life-got-perfect-through-bullet-journaling/

They also use the German journal. In the Mason-Dixon forums they have one for journaling with a lot of ideas.
Jan 6, 2019 12:04:13   #
MarilynVPR
 
I have been journaling for several years now using a template I downloaded from a website called www.KathrynIvy.com. The template is on left-hand side at the bottom. It is a download that I have been photocopying. Then merely store in a three ring binder.
 
Jan 6, 2019 12:15:14   #
gramknits (a regular here)
 
Knitsue wrote:
I don't have a journal as such, but I try to take pictures of everything I make. I keep a 3 ring binder with patterns I have used with notes and some pictures of what I made from them. (It is very incomplete.) I have another binder in which I have pictures of my entries in the local county fair and any ribbons or comments. I knit, crochet, and do quilting.
Sue


Oh yes, I agree and just forgot to mention, taking pictures of everything you make is also a huge help! I keep a folder on my computer for each year's worth of items made. This is also a big help to remember what you made for each person and in what color! Once I was about to begin a scarf in a person's favorite color, but it just seemed familiar to me, so I checked my pictures and sure enough, I had made the scarf for her three years earlier in the same color! I had to entirely rethink my gift for her.
Jan 6, 2019 12:20:33   #
klmc
 
So far I just use Ravelry and the Ravit App. I take lots of pictures while working on a project. I usually have a print a copy of the pattern and will make notes on there. When the project is complete I review notes and pictures, edit down to what information I might want in the future or what I think others might find helpful and save on my Ravelry project page.
Before I start most projects I scan the project notes on Ravelry and highlight anything I think may be helpful - reading other knitter's notes has been so helpful to me that I'm trying to pass the favor forward.
Currently all printed patterns (past & future) are stored in a plastic bag, clipped to leaflets. Probably need a better system, but haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it.
I am starting a BuJo this year and will probably include a Knitting Project page, but plan to keep Ravelry as my 'Knitting Journal'
Jan 6, 2019 12:46:13   #
Dcsmith77
 
I have read other KPers who do as I do. I make a copy of the original pattern for notes. When I finish an item I put it with both pattern copies, a little butterfly of the yarn and a label (for yarn, needle and washing instructions) in a page protector and put it in a notebook. They aren't in any order or sorted in any way, but I wish they were. I don't much care when I made something, and I'm amazed at the number of things that I have no memory of ever making when I look through the notebook. After starting on my 3rd 3" notebook, I have a pretty good collection of patterns to go back to if I want (although I have a whole file cabinet full of patterns to look through as well and not at all organized properly). I bought a paperback journal, but as someone said above, it doesn't have enough room for what I want to reference.
Jan 6, 2019 12:57:03   #
hougland
 
MarilynVPR wrote:
Several years ago I copied a template (from where I don’t remember, try www.KathrynIvy.com) that allows you to record all the details of your project. It even as a space to place a picture. I try to record my “major” projects on these pages in a three ring binder. When I need more pages, they are as close as my printer/copier!


I went to her site and especially like the inventory sheet for needles. If I leave something on my needles, I tend to forget what I have and what I need. Also like the knitting inventory sheets. I might not use them for every thing but think they would be helpful
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