“Organizing your knitting” encompasses so much, when you really start thinking about it.
I divide it this way:
1. Â Yarn Stash
a. Personal yarn (note: some of this yarn also counts towards Designing, such as myÂ Shetland yarns I purchased prior to designing). Â Divided further into sweater quantities, sock yarn, fingering weight yarn, shetland yarn, lace, miscellaneous and so on.
b. Designing yarn. Â Divided by project (i.e. all the yarn for the next book is together). Â If not for any specific project, divided by company.
2. Â Knitting books. Â I try to group these by type (Aran/cables, Fair Isle/Stranding, stitch dictionaries, techniques, etc) but they’re also divided, for practicality, by size (i.e. what fits into what bookcase).
3. Â Knitting tools. Â This includes needles, crochet hooks, tape measures, stitchmarkers, blocking equipment, and all the various things that are handy to have. Â I have a Namaste Cali Buddy Case in green that I keep my primary go-to things in — coil-less safety pins, stitchmarkers, scissors, needle gauge. Â I also have a Daisy Muir medium needle case (the red one) that I keep other (often longer) things in: Â a small ruler (that I picked up at TNNA from Images Stitchery Design — I don’t see it on their site, but it’s a pretty 6″ wooden ruler & needle gauge combo), pens, bandaids, etc.
4. Â Individual patterns. Â The obvious division is PDF vs hard copy. Â (Update: Meh. Â This doesn’t really deserve it’s own post. Â PDFs get saved under categories, stored in Dropbox & on our desktop’s external hard drive (especially those not available as Rav downloads), hard copies are kept in binders.)
5. Â Miscellaneous business-y things.
I’ll address each section in its own post.
How would you divide & conquer?
Here are all the posts in the series:
Project Organization: Â Introduction
Project Organization: Â Overview
Project Organization: Â The Stash (Design Yarn)
Project Organization: The Stash (PersonalYarn)
Project Organization: Â Knitting Books
Project Organization: Â Knitting Tools
Project Organization: Â The Business of Knitting