Knitting notebooks

I asked Jane to write about her knitting notebook and she did. Now it is my turn.

As with most of my notebooks, consistency is not the name of the game. I start with great intentions but get distracted. I have been using these two notebooks for a few years and there is plenty of space left in both. The small notebook is a B6slim and it has a bit on knitting and a bit of sewing. There are even a few sketch ideas for quilts. The Knitting Season notebook was my companion for an online group with Kate Davies. That club has ended and the pattern book and book with creative essays are now on my shelf. I am using this notebook to continue to record knitting projects. I have some gauge information, notes about techniques I want to learn, yarn labels and samples, and some sketching for a few color work projects.

The only thing missing in these notebooks is the journaling about why I love to knit and sew and quilt. My hope is that I can do that important documenting as the year goes on.

Would love to see or read about other knitting and making journals. What are the stories we will leave behind?

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

12 thoughts on “Knitting notebooks

  1. So fun to read/see this post. I have a small notebook where I record books read (at the back of the book – moving toward the middle) and knitting projects (at the front – moving also toward the middle). For the knitting stuff, I include a picture of the finished piece, a little snip of yarn, start & end dates. Sometimes I include needle size, sometimes comments about the yarn and/or pattern and also who the item is for. It’s fun to look back and see what I knit (and read) in the past.

  2. I used to tie a bit of yarn from each project around the band of my moleskine … but since I don’t use those notebooks anymore, I have no real record of my knitting. and I never had any record of my sewing. I need to reconsider … also – I can’t even tell you how much I would love to have a drawing like that one in your photo included somewhere in my journals!! (I have colored pencils đŸ˜‰

  3. I love your workspace there! I don’t have a knitting notebook. I do have a notebook from my quilting days that I used to calculate backing and binding lengths, but I’m not sure what to do with that since I’ve put away my sewing machines! Thanks for the peek into your notebooks đŸ™‚

  4. I’ve never kept a knitting journal or notebook (I used to think of my blog as serving that purpose, and now Ravelry largely does), but I love your sketch and how you’ve recorded your project details. For as much as electronic sources serve this use for me, it would be lovely to have the physical reminder to flip through later.

  5. I’ve never really considered a knitting notebook but I think I could work this in to my new Passion Planner. Thank you for inspiring me to give this a try!

  6. I used to keep a fairly detailed knitting journal . . . back in the days before Ravelry! Now, I find I track all the knitting details on Ravelry — but it certainly lacks the charm of your journal (or even my old one). I love the sketch best of all. XO

  7. love this! I keep all of my records on Ravelry so nothing on paper year after year. However, this year I started a daily planner to track my creativity, it’s way to early to opine, but I love how I feel writing down what I’m doing.

  8. How lovely to record in words and drawings your thoughts and plans and achievements. Not being a knitter (well, a failed knitter perhaps), I don’t keep one of these but I can see the value not just for you but for others later. I’d have loved to have had a notebook from my Mum with something like this in – she was a great embroiderer.

  9. Not sure how I missed this…thinking I told myself I’d return later! Oh well, it’s later! Since this is my year shoring up/solidifying habits I want to expand on, I’m adding notebooks/journals to track my creative flings into the various forms of stitching. Thanks for the memory jog!

  10. Thank you for sharing your knitting notebooks/journals. I also keep quilting scrapbooks with photos of the quilt and an essay about the inspiration, fabrics, design, and what was going on in my life at the time. Interesting that I have omitted that from my knitting project documentation. Anyway, Sheri of the Loopy Ewe blog (shop in Colorado) recently posted about knitting notebooks/journals and had some photos of her suggestions. Might be worth a peek.

  11. I am obsessed with journals. I purchased Martina Behm’s knitting journal last year, but found I under-utilized it. I am better with a non-dated book with less sections. Of course half the joy is the pen, right?

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