In these times of not having as much control over the way we live our lives, it's driven me to think of ways to find order in the day to day. I found it in pencil and paper!
I have tried so many digital ways to record my knitting and crochet project - apps for counting rows, increases, decreases, and all the rest of it, but all seemed to me to be less than ideal. I tried just remembering where I was up to (total disaster ensued!) and so at the end of last year I grabbed a scrap of paper - a packing note I think it was - and started to write everything down. And I was hooked (pun intended).
My husband bought me some spiral bound notebooks (they lie flat when opened) and I am a convert to paper and pencil. I write down everything. Needle or hook size, the size I am making, plus any modifications. When I have to increase on every 4th row, for example, at the same time as increasing on the other side every 6th row, I write down columns of rows, with circles and squares around each increase/decrease row. I then cross off each row as I work it. Simple! I can instantly see where I am up to when I come back to my work later too.
To save writing everything out again for the second sleeve or front, I go back through the rows, marking in the opposite direction to make crosses. Oh, and after every increase or decrease row I write down how many stitches I should have, so I can easily do a quick count up to confirm I'm on track.
I then took this one step further when I started the front of my new vintage jumper, with a very complicated (for me) ten row pattern. I was finding it so difficult to follow each row reading across the lines of pattern, so I wrote down each row in columns. My brain seems to like this and I can follow along much more easily. The writing is much larger too!
I use two notebooks side by side at the moment - one with the pattern written out and one with the rows to mark off. It's working really well.
Also, I use very soft 8B pencils for marking off each row, as each sweep of the pencil, however soft, leaves a clear and easy to see mark. It is also much easier to rub out if necessary.
A couple of weeks ago I purchased a Filofax. I used to have one in the 1980s, and they seem to be making a comeback! I absolutely love my new Filofax, and am finding it so useful already. It's my diary, address book, note maker, ideas jotter all in one! I bought the pocket size, so I can take it out and about in my handbag. That's when we are able to go out and about again, of course.
I've even added a little zipped insert to store my stamps! I could never find my stamps.
I'd love to hear your ideas for getting organised. I'm on a roll!