Saturday, June 23, 2012

What to do with all this stuff?

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I have all these scraps and swatches and false starts piling up, and I don’t want to throw them away, but I don’t know what else to do with them.  They’re sort of inspiring;  little trail markers on the map of my learning, or something.  I like looking at them, but they’re in my way. I sort of want to do a big book, a journal maybe, with all this stuff in it, bound with those huge ring clip things that snap together so the pages can be a mile thick if they need to, or if there’s a big hank of crochet stapled in there.  I’d be all organized, with labeled swatches and detailed information about each project right there in one place.  Wouldn’t that be great?  What do you all do with your leftover bits and swatches?   

Thank you, Fleur, for the lovely award!  I do appreciate it.  Fleur’s blog is beautiful, go see. 

26 comments:

  1. same as you i'm afriad - hoard them in a bag and once in a whle look through them and think one of two things;

    look how far i've come

    or

    hmmm i need to get rid of these!

    Kate x

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  2. Oooh, I think a journal is a great idea. That's what I do with all my test squares and doodles. Apart from having it all in one place for you to peruse later, over time, it will also show how you've evolved as a knitter/crocheter. Fun!

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  3. Hi Kristen - I keep all mine in a lever arch file with plastic wallets. It's great for browsing through when I need inspiration and I shove all sorts of things inside. Cheap to set up and easy to keep. xxx

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  4. what about framing some of the prettier *false starts*? you could do a small journaling on a mat or cardstock about what it is/was, etc

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  5. I put mine in a bag then throw bits away, life's too full of 'stuff' already; I'd rather keep all the finished items and enjoy my progress that way instead.

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  6. I saved with the signs of each project. I would create an encyclopedia with the name of the wool, needle number, the date of the project .... If everything is cleared up in a book does not bother. I am convinced that in time it may be helpful. Congratulations for all your work, they are all beautiful!

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  7. Ooooh, I love this question!
    I think the more pretty and organized, the better! Make something you look at and use (what you don't do with a pile of stuff - that is paralyzing, isn't it?)
    My idea would be a pretty book, like you suggested, but consider just sticking in fotos and drawings of most of the patterns. You can add notes and hints and how to make or where to find it.
    I love and use this kind of journal, I'm sure you would do so, too!

    And what to do with the little crochet and knit pieces after taking pictures? Go outside and consider Yarnbombing! That's what I do right now... What about embellishing the henhouse? :)

    xo Hilde

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  8. Oh yes a beautiful journal would be great - with a crochet or knitted cover too!

    Have a happy weekend.
    Fleur xx

    (many thanks for the link- that's very kind xx)

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  9. Why don't you make tiny yarn bombs at your house?
    I still have my first granny square, it floats through the house. I find it in the study, then in the kitchen, sometimes it's used as a coaster...actually the lightbulb just went off and I realised I have a perfectly square picture frame and should actually frame it :-)

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  10. Great ideas here! I have a bag like this too. Every once in a while I spread everything out on the floor and try to come up with some kind of giant sampler. I want to sew it all together with different colored yarns, kind of gypsy/bohemian style. I don't have quite enough yet, so I just keep stuffing the bag. Someday.....

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  11. You could pin everything to a large pinboard on a wall; it would be wonderful & colourful and would inspire you each time you pass...
    xx

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  12. I like your journal idea. Perhaps even make a shadow box collage and hang on the wall for inspiration?

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  13. Such apt timing for your question, Kristen! This morning I took stock of the contents of the basket next to my favorite chair, and tidied it without discarding anything because I still want to use each item :) I was considering Ziplock bagging each thing to keep it in better order, but I appreciate the ideas in the comments above, and like the idea of some sort of journal like you were originally thinking the best.
    I am interested to know what you decide to do!
    Happy Weekend!
    Gracie <3

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  14. That link doesn't work for me, it just comes back to your page :(

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    1. Yikes, you're right--fixed now. Sorry, Fleur!

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  15. All safely stored for a later date.....not sure what for though!

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  16. what do you think about a kind of abstract "painting" on a canvas with different media?
    Enjoy the weekend, xxx Alessandra

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  17. kristen i am so happy to see you again! i don't know why but i realized (dum dum) that i'm not getting several blogs in my reader. i wonder if anyone else is experiancing this?

    i have a lot of catching up to do, i love your blog and all the inspiration you always bring!
    xxx lori

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  18. and i like everything just the way it is in the basket. it makes me want to look through and pick things up!

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  19. The problem with storing actual knitted pieces in a book is that the book will not close properly and eventually (as more pieces are added) this becomes a problem. Plastic sleeves in a binder holding knitted swatch and a cardboard label tied with notes on needle size, gauge (before and after washing) and yarn label stapled to the back of the label. This is my current way to organize, but it is for current stuff. I plan to archive these pieces, eventually, in decorative photo boxes storing "like with like" .

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  20. If I want to test out something new I will always try to make something with it, a card or little Christmas decoration. Most recently I made a passport cover to test out tapestry crochet and now making a shopping bag to practice my shell stitch. I get rather frustrated if I don't have something to show for my efforts but if it is going a bit wrong or I am not sure what to do with it I shamefully admit to pulling it back so I then have nothing to learn from either!

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  21. I think a journal/ scrapbook is a great idea... It would be so fun to look through it and remember all the projects ...,this is one of easons I decided so start a blog, so I would take picures and remember the projects I worked on later. I also do love to see them in a basket as you have now ... It looks fun and casual,
    Congratulations on your award!

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  22. mine just gather in a pile until I don't know what to do with them any more too. I like the idea of filing them somehow, preferably beautifully! Boxes might be nice or a pile of swatches through one of those big rings, hung somewhere....

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  23. Throw it out....can you imagine how much you will have after so many years....Let them go and make room for new...If you don't let go of the old you don't have room for the new. Every empty box in your studio makes room for new ideas and possibilities
    Document them digitally if you don't want to forget. Then you can print a book and the ideas an memories will still be there.
    Once the book is printed...you will be amazed at all the things you've done.

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  24. I always make something small from a test piece like a cushion cover, gift tags, use a square as a topper on a birthday card etc. I wouldn't entertain things that are just hanging around unfinished in a pile - I want to have boxes full of new yarns, patterns, photos and ideas waiting to be used... But that is just me.

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  25. Oh, your blog has such a cozy feel. The name you chose is just perfect! I had such a lovely time looking around. Everything is so, so pretty. :)

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