December 27, 2017




12 Mm 20mm 4 Ply 4 Ply Yarn 4ply 6 Mm 60 Cm 60cm Needles Alpaca Yarn Amelia Amitola Amitola Amelia Aran Aran Jumper Aran Knits Pattern Aran Knitting Pattern Aran Patterns Aran Tweed Aran Wool Aran Yarn Arm Knitting Attic 24 Babies Baby Baby Blanket Baby Cashmerino Book Baby Wool Bag Bamboo Beautiful Blue Pansy Beautiful Ceramic Buttons Beautiful Full-Colour Photographs Beautiful Pastel Better Life Blanket Blanket Patterns Block Ceramic Buttons Blog Blue Faced Leicester Blue Pansy Buttons Bluebird Ceramic Buttons Books and Patterns Box Brambling Brooklime Brooklyn Tweed Bunny Ceramic Buttons Buttons Cable Needle Card Cardigan Carol Feller Cashmere Ceramic Buttons Chevin Children Patterns Christmas Christmas Jumper Chunky Chunky Patterns Chunky Yarn Colour Wheel Colourwheel Cotton Cotton Yarns Crochet Croft Cross Stitch Cushion Cygnet Chunky Dachshund Debbie Bliss Debbie Bliss Baby Dingle Bauble Dk Yarn Double Knitting Double Knitting Wool Dover Hills Dovestone Dovestone Dk Dovestone Natural Dovestone Natural Aran Dovestone Natural Chunky Dovestone Smallholding Ecru Aran Ella Rae Ella Rae Soft Cozy Chunky Eppleby Exquisite Favourite Aran Knits Filey Fingering Fingering Weight Yarn Free Crochet Patterns Free Pattern Free Patterns Fyberspates Fyberspates Scrumptious Dk Gems Gifts & Kits Goathland Hand Dyed Hat Hat Kit Hat Patterns Hats Hawthorne Herbsaint Hibbiscus Cardigan Hild Hourglass Imaginarium Isabell Isabell Kraemer J C Rennie Jamieson Jamieson and Smith Jamiesons Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift Jupiter Moon Kate Davies Katia King Cole Riot Knit at Home Knit Pro Knitting Day Knitting Needles Knitting Outside the Box Knitting Patterns Knitting With Rainbows Knoll Knoll Kilcarra Tweed Knoll Yarn Knot Ceramic Buttons Lace Lace Weight Lace Weight Yarn Landmark Landmark Book Landmark Collection Learn to Knit Learn to Knit at Home Learn to Knit Hat Lion Ceramic Buttons Louisa Harding Lozenge Ceramic Buttons Lucy Machine Marie Wallin Marl Merino 5mm Needles Mini Knits Collection Mini Skein Mini Skeins Mossdale Mugs Natural Natural Aran Needles Needles and Notions Orange Buttons Origami Pansie Ceramic Buttons Parkin Patterns Patterns for Dovestone Dk Patterns in Donegal Pin Pip Pip Colourwork Pom Pom Pom Pom Quarterly Poncho Pond Poppy Ceramic Buttons Project Bag Raindrops Riot Chunky Roma Rowan Rowan Cocoon Rowan Dk Rowan Felted Tweed Rowan Felted Tweed Patterns Rowan Fine Tweed Rowan Seasons Cotton Rowan Yarn Scarf Shawl Shawls Sheep Ceramic Buttons Silverweed Sirdar Sirdar Yarn Skogafjall Small Company Smallholding Snowflake Chunky Soak Sock Sock Needles Sock Patterns Sock Wool Socks Socks Needles Socks Yeah Sport Weight Sport Weight Yarn Stegosaurus Ceramic Buttons Stephen West Stephen West Patterns Stitch Markers Stranded Knits Stylecraft Sublime Book Sublime Natural Aran Super Chunky Targhee Columbia Wool Tea Cosy Texture Titus Titus 4ply Titus Pick Toasty Toasty 3 Toft Toft Quarterly Trade Ceramic Buttons Viking Wensleydale Wesley Bob West Yorkshire Spinners West Yorkshire Spinners Yarn Whitby Socks Wild Wool Winterburn Winterburn Aran Winterburn Dk Winterlong Cowl Wool Socks Workshops and Events Worsted Wys Illustrious Yarn Yokes Yorkstone Ysolda

HELLO AND WELCOME TO CRAFTING GEEK CORNER!

I’m your resident geek/nerd Joelle. I’m going to show you the geeky/nerdy side of crafting. Don’t worry, we’re lovely. But before we dive into the many and varied waters of fandom I thought we’d start with a little organization.

I get rather geeky about my project and stash organization. But honestly it’s helped me be more productive and enjoy what I’m crafting so hopefully it will do the same for you. So, look around your stash of patterns and yarn? It’s a bit overwhelming isn’t it? Lots of us buy things with no set plan for them. They’re just pretty (in the case of yarn) or we know we’ll knit or crochet them eventually (in the case or books and patterns). I bet you have many projects ready to go than you realise.  

A couple of years ago I married up as much of my yarns and patterns as I could and created a 'projects ready to go' box. Did I only craft from that box? No. Did I stop buying yarns and patterns? No. But it gave me a good idea what I would like to do with all my yarn and patterns. And, being a geek/nerd I created a spreadsheet in Google Drive. Colour coded and everything. As you can see by the grey boxes here I’ve done pretty well this year.

6E887A57-B47E-46D6-A1C5-6F25214441FC.png

The next thing you can do is use Ravelry’s wonderful notebook functions to track your yarn purchases. I try and do it as soon as I buy stuff. You can then assign the yarn to a project when you start it and keep track of how much you use and what you have left.

And lastly, I adore creating project pages for each of my items. I can note the needle sizes I used which is great for when I make another one, what yarn I used and how much, and any notes on pattern alterations and problems I encountered. I organise my projects with tags so I can find specific things easily. Can you guess which book series I like?

Your notebook also contains a library for any patterns you’ve found on Ravelry. I try and keep this organised but it can just become a dumping ground for gorgeous patterns.