Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Week 2: Start a Crochet Notebook, Journal, Scrapbook or Blog

Week 2 of the 52 Week Crochet Challenge is here, and since I already have a crochet notebook, journal, scrapbook and blog, I thought I would share my notebook with you.



I have to admit I am crazy for office supplies, so when I came across this notebook, I had to have it. What I love most about it is that the pages are graph paper. The graph paper makes it super easy to draw out stitch charts neatly. I also found a handy cover for it. It's clear plastic and has a zipper close pocket where I can store my pencils, color wheel and whatever else.

I started this notebook while working on my book Crochet-opedia and it's helped keep me organized. I can easily find notes, patterns I'm working on, design sketches, and anything else I need to keep track of. I also find that it's made me even more creative. Just looking through it is inspirational to me and will spark my creativity.



I also like to play with color. The picture above is a free blanket pattern that I created for the National Crochet Month blog roll, hosted last year by Crochetville.http://crochetville.com/ The blanket is worked in squares that are then joined together, but I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to arrange them, so I colored squares and cut them out. Then I was able to play around with the placement. It was a fun pattern to make, and it's on Ravelry here: Bright Striped Blocks Blanket Charity Pattern.


So, that's my crochet notebook, and my week 2 challenge. Thanks for visiting, enjoy!

12 comments:

  1. That's a great notebook for designing and playing in- you reminded me about a notebook I have that might be better for this week's challenge than the one I picked. Off to try and find it!

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    1. Thanks Claire, I hope my post inspired you. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Love your Crochet-opedia book! Funny how office supplies are so tempting to many folks - I like them too. I've thought about having a notebook with the patterns I've worked and notes (yarn type, color, etc). Thank you for sharing how you worked on Bright Striped Blocks pattern. It's so cheerful :)

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    1. Thank you so much :) Crochet-opedia was a labor of love. And I agree about the office supplies. There's just something that takes over my brain . . . paper, pencils, colored pens, oh boy!

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  3. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I have been looking through the net to try and figure out what I am supposed to do with this journal! I have a better idea now thank you!

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    1. You are welcome, and thank you for commenting :)

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  4. Since I have a blog, I am going to start a crochet journal. A lot of times I start a project, put it down for a while and when I pick it back up, I can't remember hook size, whether I ch 1 or 2, etc. It might even help me not start 10 projects until I have at least finished one or two. Ha! Ha!

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    1. Yep, I totally understand, and it would drive me crazy trying to figure out what I had done, but now I am less frustrated because I have my journal.
      Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I totally share your love of office supplies! This will be an inspiring project.

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  6. Amazing blanket Julie. Thank you for so much inspiration! My head is buzzing!!

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  7. Seeing your "Bright Striped Blocks Afghan brought back memories. Two nephews shared a room, so needed coordinating afghans. Using this variegated yarn, I alternated stripes of red for one and blue for the other. Crochet ripple turned so the stripes were vertical vs the usual horizontal, kept it light weight for Florida.

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  8. Are you tempted to start a new project before another is finished? Keep a journal notebook with page protectors. Make your notes, materials list, shopping list ...and a sample of the project or pattern. When you've finished a current project, the prep work is done for the next.

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