The title isn’t a rhetorical question – I’m really curious, especially as I try to figure out how to be better organized with my projects so that I can work as a monogamish knitter.
Believe it or not, dropping everything to knit and block my first ever shawl was a key part in the complete overhaul of my gear. As I carefully wound the hanks of Yarn Enabler’s Sock Money into cakes, I knew that though I didn’t have a single square centimeter left in the Yarn Bin for them, I did have space in my dresser for a lovely new shawl and so I made a deal with myself: I’d get to work on my Fairy Godmother Shawl as long as I
- Found a home for all my tools
- Overhauled my yarn bin and projects
- All yarn that wasn’t designated for a project was donated to Creative Re-use
- I took a look at the projects I had left and was honest with myself about whether or not I really wanted to knit them.
- I organized my yarn bin by weight and projects for easy access
- Inventoried everything on Ravelry
The first two items were a lot easier than the third, so I allowed myself to just focus on the shawl for a while and work on the cataloguing at a more sedate pace and when my hands needed a break.
Those of you that keep tabs on my Ravelry account (I’m Chemtacular on there) know that I was pretty prompt about entering the yarn I’ve bought. Then there was nothing for it but to get out the kitchen scale, a ruler and set to work classifying/determining the mystery yarn I had on hand. I made a chart in which I recorded each yarn’s weight in grams and the Winds Per Inch. Then I went on line and consulted several different charts to figure out what weight each yarn was and after doing some math, I was able to determine the yardage I had to work with. It sounds really tedious, but it was really satisfying to have all that information! Now I know for sure that the projects I have in mind for those yarns are going to work and feel absolutely legit in keeping the yarn 🙂 After I entered all that information into Ravelry, I went about organizing the Yarn Bin. The cakes were stacked by weight and grouped by project. Here are some pictures of the yarn situation now:
Given all the room I created in the Yarn Bin, I was able to restore the Project Bin to more or less it’s original function. Yes, I am storing yarn in it that isn’t currently part of a project (this bin is working as a queue of sorts) but most importantly, I can now store all my current projects in it! The Nice Ribbed Socks aren’t pictured because I’m working on them to get back on track for Sock Thursdays.
I was feeling pretty good about myself until it came time to catalogue all my gear. I wasn’t thrilled with the format on Ravelry, it wasn’t designed with interchangeable needles in mind, and entering each individual DPN was so not my idea of a good time. After looking on line a bit I came across Lavander Honey’s needle inventory card:
I liked this a lot better but I still wanted a way to keep track of my interchangeable needles and cables so I borrowed her format and made my own chart using Excel and Paint – because I’m hella old school like that 😉
Don’t worry, I’m not so analog that I don’t have a copy of this in my cloud storage, but I’m pretty stoked about this. (If anyone is interested I can absolutely send you a copy of this chart, just tell me where to send it to.)
Dare, I say it? Am I finally organized?
That’s where the question that became the title of this post comes in.
So, right now, I have my Nice Ribbed Socks and my second attempt at Flax Light going on – are the WIPs or UFOs? Both? And what about the Mood Scarf? Technically, it doesn’t fall into either category since I’m starting it today, my first official Monday as Maggie (okay, so I know that it was official before this Monday, but now I have IDs!), but it’s something that I worked on for a while and then abandoned when I was injured last September…
Part of me feels drawn to the term UFO (maybe because I was a Resident Alien for a good long while) it sounds pretty cool but they way I’ve seen it used almost connotes a sense of abandonment and that’s not so cool. WIP sounds a more accurate since I have no intention of abandoning my projects but I feel its kind of obvious, especially given the nature of my blog 😉 What do y’all think?