I have several obsessive-compulsive tendencies which seem especially prone to arise when there is some other task I should be attending to (i.e. schoolwork).
In this case, the fruits of my insomniac labor come as a spreadsheet to organize knitting projects present and future.
I had started out with a Word document listing some (but not all) of the important details about projects. From there I expanded my system to include the following categories:
- Link to Pattern (if online)
- Source of Pattern
- Pattern Name
- Garment Type
- Yarn Weight
- Yarn Used
- Date Started
- Date Finished
The beauty of Excel is that I can then sort by any of those categories at several sub-levels. For example, if I have a few hundred yards of worsted weight yarn, I can sort by yarn weight, then yardage, then garment type and see what my options are for using it.
I can also do other things like sort for a project that doesn’t require any notions, or I can find the pattern for some cardigan by Berroco whose name I don’t remember.
Maybe I’m just a nerd, but I have to say, it’s truly a beautiful thing.