This post was inspired by a reply to a comment I made to this post on https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/scrap-happy-adventures-with-junk/which was about creating a ‘junk journal’.
I have a journal but mine is quite different.
The photographs you see are of pages in the order they occur in the book (obviously they are a very small selection). I took the photographs quickly on the floor of my study on a sunny day. (Taking more than one and making them perfect seemed too much of an effort!)
Now my son has a tendency to buy me quirky presents sometimes and they are often tech related. One birthday or Christmas he bought me this. It is a small printer that prints tiny prints straight from a camera. The prints are sticky under a backing. At the time I really wondered what I might use it for but I kept it. However it has proved invaluable for creating pictures for my journal.
Now my younger daughter one birthday or Christmas bought me a book with blank pages from Paperchase: a shop that sells mainly decorative paper products. I really love the way three of the butterflies have movable wings.
I shared my attempt to make a copy of this book for my daughter HERE.
Again I wasn’t sure what to use it for but then I had a brainwave and my Knitting and Crochet Projects journal was born.
Here is the first page. I start with a few basics for reference.
And then I move on to a few charts and instructions for making basic things. Like my own way of making Granny Squares. I have never made a Granny Rectangle but, if I do, I have a reference to the way I liked best here!
I also added diagrams of how to do the ‘Magic Loop’ a name shared by both knitting and crochet for quite different things.
Now I planned to use black ink for crochet and blue for knitting but you can see I am already forgetting!
This is my first project: a hexagon blanket based on a pattern on the Attic24 blog
You can see I include charts where it seems to help or save space. They are not always in colour and sometimes I try and photograph them off the screen and include as photos but that is less successful.
Here is a knitting chart that I worked out to create a pattern of adjoining hexagons with three different textures. I included a photograph of the hat and scarf where I used it.
Sometimes it is impossible to include details of all the patterns but it is still useful to have a record. Here are details of a doll I made for one of my grandsons.
When I make socks I like to wait till I have a few pairs and record the basic details. Up to now I have always used a toe-up method with short-row toes and heels.
Sometimes I want the book to contain details of a complicated pattern I have created, so much, that I add in a printout.
I include the details of things I have made from other people’s patterns as well as my own.I have a red A4 folder which is full of printouts of other peoples patterns and also some of my own ones as a supplement to this, so if I want to make more seahorses, the pattern is there, but here I have added details of how I made the finished hanging.
This is where I am about to add details of another make.I cannot write straight easily so I start by drawing pencil lines that I rub out later. Also the book is always behind where I am, so every so often I spend a morning catching up!
At the back of the book, working forwards, I make a list of projects I have in mind for the future. This is the first two pages of this: one for knitting and one for crochet. You can see I have completed all the crochet ones but still have not done all the knitting ones. Of course not all projects get listed here only ones I may make in the future and don’t wish to forget.
I am now three quarters of the way through the book but recently my daughter bought me another book from Paperchase.
So I have somewhere to continue when I finish this one!