Being a somewhat newbie to Traveler’s Notebooks, I’ve been researching and looking for as many ideas as possible to use my traveler’s notebooks (TN) for. I have all these notebooks to turn into inserts, but I had NO idea what type of inserts to have. The TN Facebook groups have been a wonderful resource! In one of the links I was sent, it said something about keeping track of crafting supplies or projects. And I thought Huh, I could do that will all my knitting projects! In this post, I will be walking you through my Knitting Notebook for my TN.
The notebook is an OCS lined notebook that originally measured 8.5” by 5.5”, but I cut down to fit in my ZLYC Narrow TN. It has 40 sheets, or 80 pages.
I’m only up to page 13 in this notebook, but I’m using it more for reference and notes that actual patterns. I am creating what my friend Tom termed a Legacy Book, where I’m writing down all my favorite knitting patterns and recipes to pass on.
Let’s go inside!
There is no particular order to this notebook. I just start a new page when I need to add some more information.
Pgs. 1-2 The Temperature Afghan
I had heard of this afghan before but never really looked into it. Then I thought that this would make a very sweet idea for a new baby. Keep track of the temperatures throughout the pregnancy and the baby’s first year of life, and gift it after the first birthday.
Or it could be a lifelong project and you keep track of the temperatures every day for your life, and knit yourself a blanket! That one may be a little ambitious.
Also, depending on where you live, some of these colors may be more prominent than others. For me, there would be a lot of red and orange. It gets a little warm down here in Florida.
Pgs. 3-4 Afghans To Be Made
I love, love, love knitting afghans. To me, there are a one size* fits all swaddler of love. (Not trying to disparage sweaters, but those are too complicated for me!) *Okay, I know there are different size blankets, but y’all get what I’m saying!*
I have 9 afghans in mind, and I’m always thinking about the possibility of the “next one.” Two of them are started, and all of them are knitted afghans, with the exception of the UIU-WIO-MID-ODW/O (Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Or Do Without). This one will be fabric scraps, if I ever get around to ironing and cutting the fabric.
Their names are fairly self-explanatory and when I do get around to making them, I will be doing posts on them and progress reports.
Pg. 5 Bernat Baby Yarn Inventory
This is one of my inventory set ups. I’m trying to be better at keeping track of what yarn I do have. So far it’s working (as long as I remember to update it!).
I don’t buy this yarn often because of how expensive it is, so most of my stash has come from clearance rack finds (YAY!). I’m slowing working through them to make baby blankets for the upcoming craft show season.
The numbers underneath the yarn name are how many skeins/balls/whatevers I have left. I always count down.
Pgs. 7-8 Cotton Yarn Inventory
Another inventory page, and there is a lot more on these pages. I have a “small” amount of cotton yarn, and it should keep me busy making dishcloths for awhile.
- = Bernat
S + C = Sugar and Crème
P + C = Peaches and Cream
If there is a –b beside a brand, that means I only have a ball of that color. Everything else is either on cones or those huge monster skeins Bernat puts out.
Pg. 9 Baby Yarn Scrap List
If you recall from the Afghans To Be Made pages, there is a Baby Yarn Modified 10 Stitch blanket in the wings. I like to knit my yarn in the order in which I knit it (OCD I know), so I’m keeping a list of the order in which I will be knitting it up when I finally get around to making this one.
Pg. 11 Knitting Needle Notes
This page is just a place to make notes about what needle requirements my commonly used yarn asks for. Now I don’t always follow it (my dishcloths use a large size), but when I go to make the Cotton Scrap-ghan, I want to remember to use the smaller needle size.
(Also, I did realize after the fact that on the Table of Contents page I misspelled Needle.)
Pg. 13 Knitting Priority List
I have a priority list in which I knit product each month. I like to get my monthly baby blanket done as soon as possible, because it’s not a small project.
Then I knit whatever cotton I have coned up. Scrubbies are made from leftover cotton, when there isn’t enough for another dishcloth. Leftover cotton after that goes into the cotton scrap-ghan pile.
Luxury facecloths are made with a softer, non-cotton, yarn. These were an experiment last craft show season and they SOLD OUT!!! So now it’s a regular product to be made!
And last, but certainly not least, if I get all my craft show inventory done for the month, I move on to the personal projects that are my scrap-ghans. I don’t get to this point often, and usually only get to work on the scrap-ghans when I take a break from knitting craft show inventory. As of this post, I am on the Luxury facecloths step!!! I’ve never gotten this far since implementing this system!
Thank you for reading! If you have a hobby, how do you or do you keep track of it in a notebook or planner? Please share in the comments.
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© Cori Large 6/19/2016