As a fellow yarn addict, with WIP and tools all over the place, I decided to look to the journaling community to help me find some way to organize projects and inventory – and they did not disappoint! I found inspiration to sort out everything from conversions, to patterns, manage my inventory and even track my granny squares!
Here is a little compilation and step-by-step to how I’ve maintained my new craft project journal! I decided to separate this from my daily journal since I go through 2 notebooks a year and re-making the basic references spreads twice a year would be impractical.
As rules of Bullet Journaling go, I started with an Index and a Key. But since this is a little different from regular tasks, these pages had the following information.
- Information & Inventory
The first spreads were dedicated to references & inventory. My journal is specific to crocheting, knitting & embroidery, but if you have other crafts in mind, it helps to plan your pages like you would plan a recipe book. Here are some guide questions to help you outline your journal more effectively.
- What would you need?
- How much time would it take?
- What are your alternatives?
- Conversions & Measurements?
Here are some layouts I thought were helpful starting points.
Needle & Hook Guide
If you’re anything like me, you’ve bought six beautiful crochet hooks all labeled differently only to realize they’re all the same size. Managing a needle inventory, with a conversion chart will help you easily track all the needles you have left to buy! Better than getting multiples of the same right?
Yarn Weight Guide
Having a guide in hand is helpful if you love trying out new yarns. With the yarn weight & quality guide, you’d never have to spend extra time experimenting with stitches for the perfect pattern.
A dictionary of stitches is a godsend when you’re trying to read new patterns. You can always make one for stitch combinations (reference below). Just remember to always leave space for new ones!
Yarn Inventory/Swatch Book
Tracking your entire yarn inventory just might help you manage your purchases. But as all yarn addicts know, that’s an futile resolve, so this spread could be used to track project elements instead. Save your yarn stubs, code labels with a little yarn sample itself so you know what to buy if you run out. Adding a small swatch of your project stitch might also help you catalog your projects. You could even create palettes for your favorite color and yarn combinations!
Here is a list of details you might want to keep about your projects. These little bits of information help track projects more efficiently. I don’t craft professionally but if you plan to, you can add a little costing information to help you price your products better. Try and add a photograph or two of your finished pieces to make for a beautiful album of your hard work!
- Project Type:
- Start Date:
- End Date:
- Needle/Hook Size:
- Yarn Requirement:
- Reference Picture (if any):
- Finished Piece Picture:
- Costing (optional):
- Time taken x Cost per hour:
- Raw Material / Yarn:
- Shipping & Postage:
- Misc. Expenses:
This spread works for both yarn craft and sewing. Maintaining a the measurements of your favorite people, tables, beds, pillows etc can save you time re-measuring for every project and just start!
We hope this post helped you make your craft-journals happier! Do let us know if you have your own spreads to share.