Here are some thoughts on another -ation today: organization.
In an attempt to make sure I use up more of my stash and make all the gifts I’ve promised, I’ve recently tried to come up with a system of organizing my projects. Well, two systems. I haven’t put too many projects through ‘the systems’ yet, so I’m not sure I can tell you much about their effectiveness, but this is how they are supposed to work.
The first system is conceptual. I devised a four-column table, through which each project is supposed to move. The columns are: FINISH -> BLOCK -> PHOTOS -> START. The idea is that a single project moves through the columns, and there should be relatively equal movement into different columns.
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In other words, not too many projects should move into the FINISH column (which is basically the “work in progress” column, but I prefer this active sounding name for it, hoping it will get me going) before some projects move into the BLOCK and PHOTOS columns. Of course, the START column is the longest, because it is basically a list of projects I want to do – kind of like a queue on Ravelry, but I try to keep it limited only to projects I actually have a good chance of doing in the near future, and for which I have a yarn and a recipient in mind.
The second system is physical. For the projects from the START column for which I already have the yarn and pattern, I place them in a project bag and put in a special spot. I mark the bag with the name of the project. That way, I make sure I don’t use the yarn for something else by accident. Also, I know the project is there waiting for me as soon as I finish the current one.
There are a few potential drawbacks, however. One, the second (physical) system might give me the feeling that I’ve already destashed yarn which has merely been put in a different place. Two, the whole systematic and pre-planned approach might make the knitting feel more business-like and less a hobby. But seeing that I would like it to maybe become a small business some day, this might be an interesting experiment as to whether I’m actually up for it.
In any case, a little bit of organization never hurt anyone! Do you organize and plan your crafting? How do you do it?