Question: Do you have any ideas for yarn and getting my growing collection under control? My current method of keeping knitting projects together in bags is not working and I think that plastic containers will be just as frustrating. What are your tips for organizing my knitting projects?
As an avid knitter, this Examiner understands your situation. Knitting one thing at a time to completion can be boring, so most yarn crafters have several projects going at once.
The real issue is not the type of container you are using, but rather how you label your project containers. Labeling will help tremendously, as will tracking your progress on a project.
Here are our recommendations:
1. Pull your project bags one at a time and identify the following:
a. What is it?
b. Who is it for?
c. When did I start this?
d. Is this a project I’m interested in finishing?
- If not, pull the needles and put them away, wind the yarn, and file the pattern (you might make note on the pattern the date you filed it and why you chose not to finish it).
- If you DO want to finish it, determine a due date and pencil in your planner/calendar the days and times you plan to work on this particular project (it’s OK to reschedule the project; just keep it in the planner — even if it’s on a sticky note so you keep it on your “radar”).
e. On an index card, piece of paper or directly on your container, write the information from a-d (above). Put the needle size(s) and any other tools or equipment that are in the project container and note the date on the card, too. Attach the card or paper on the container.
2. Keep a pencil with each project container. Keep track of your rows on the pattern or an index card or piece of paper (or use a row counter). It takes a little bit more time to stop and tick off the row on your pattern, but, in the end, you will be very glad, especially if for some reason you have to leave the project for an extended period of time.
3. Don’t be afraid to let go of projects. If you don’t like the yarn, the pattern or the person you were making it for, just give it up. Donate the yarn to one of the many knitting charities.
4. Do not start another project until you have your current situation under control. Craft junkies are always looking for the next cool new pattern, but in our excitement to get on with the next project, we leave many good intentions in our wake and no one ends up enjoying our work. Knit with a purpose; you will find it so much more satisfying all the way around.
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