Organizing favorites and cleaning up my queue

Thursday, March 10, 2016

One of my goals for my knitting life is to get my Ravelry notebook organized so I can use the database features Rav offers more efficiently. I've had a bad habit of just favoriting or queueing everything without thought, so over the past few weeks, I've spent some time cleaning up my favorites and my queue. Let's start with the queue. Until very recently, my practice was to just save patterns I liked to my queue. Maybe I would knit them someday, maybe not. When I started my organization project, I decided that my queue would strictly be for projects that I've committed to make. So today my queue looks like this:

That's it, only two items, one baby sweater and a sweater for myself. I am committed to making both of these items. That doesn't mean that the order never changes - I need a birthday gift for a baby next month, so I've put that ahead of Acorn Trails. Moreover, I may just go ahead and cast on projects that never make the queue. The queue just means that I *will* make the item in question.

I am a lot less discriminating about what I add to my favorites, but I have been using the "bundles" feature to keep them organized. Everything I favorite goes into a bundle:

I don't take items out of favorites, even if I've made them (like Accola) or have them on my needles (Leaves of Grass).

I wish that Rav would update the layout of the projects page to allow for similar organization and make it more image-centric than the current database. What do you think?

Knitting Goals for 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy 2016! I hope everyone reading this from the Eastern US has weathered the storm and spent the weekend cozily knitting.

This year, I plan to be more thoughtful about what projects I take on. Inspired by Slow Fashion October, I want to add strategically to my wardrobe as well as tackle projects that offer challenging techniques, I've cleaned up my Ravelry queue and organized my favorites (which I'll talk about in a future post.) Here are some of the things that I definitely want to accomplish this year:

Pi Shawl: 

I picked Leaves of Grass by Jared Flood for this project, which is currently on my needles. I picked a lovely light green color and am looking forward to adding this to my spring/summer wardrobe.

Another project currently on the (teeny-tiny size 1) needles. I'm making I'm using stash yarn. 
These are Lucy Neatby's Smocked Guernsey Socks, offered for free on Craftsy as part of a three-pattern knitalong.  I have tiny 9" circulars for this one, but I think if I make more socks, I'm going to try the two at a time method.

Garment #1: Skirt :

I've had the Lanesplitter Skirt in my Ravelry queue forever.  I'm aiming to finish it in time to wear it this year. This looks like a pretty quick knit, and it's very flattering on a variety of body types.

Garment #2: Cardigan 

The cardigan I plan to make  one is Acorn Trails, which has a lovely cabled pattern to make the knitting more interesting but spaces of stockinette for the shaping. 

Design:  Convertible Mittens

I'm working on a pair of convertible mittens that I'd like to write up the pattern for and prepare it for release. 

Design: Lace Stole

I still have a skein of Swan's Island Natural Colors Merino that I want to use for something I design myself.