This is a lesson I’ve had to learn many many times. I’m often inspired to get moving on a new project. I fall in love with a pattern, yarn, and I’m off to the races. I move along either until it’s done, or until I get distracted by something new. Then my formerly inspiring knit gets put away for a while, sometimes a long while. Now, I don’t necessarily think this is a big problem, it happens pretty often and I usually get back to projects and they eventually get finished. Do I have moments of knitterly guilt? Of course, that’s what eventually gets things finished! All of that being said, there are some pretty annoying things that often occur when I return to a project.
I don’t take good notes. I have no idea where I left off (having not really known I would be leaving the project for any length of times, I suppose I should just know myself better than that by now). How many decrease rows have I completed? How many inches was I supposed to work in stocking stitch? Or even worse, what size was I making? What needles was I using? What colourway was that? I can usually figure out what the yarn is just by looking, but it certainly wouldn’t kill me to write it down. Second socks are terrible for this, let me tell you. How many heel flap rows was I working? What shoe size is the person I’m making this for? And so on and so on……
So here are a few things you might want to make a note of when you are working on a project, whether you intend to put it down or not. You may even find this kind of information helpful if you decide to knit something again, or if you need to make a repair etc. Ravelry is a great place to make such notes as well. In the interest of the knitting community you might not be the only one who wants to know how many decreases you made or what size etc.
Items of Note:
1. Yarn: colourway, dyelot, and yardage
2. Pattern source: where did you get this pattern? Book, website, magazine, etc.
3. Needles: size and any important information like whether lace needles were helpful, length of circular etc.
4. What size you are making
5. How many decreases or increases you have made or inches/rows you have knit, I might make a note of this every so often, you never know when you might be inspired by something new!
6. Any alterations you might be making to the pattern. This is particularly important. If you are knitting a large size, but you are making it shorter or longer, you will definitely want to know this and by how much.
If anyone can think of anything else of note let me know!