My column headings are
- :date due:
- :craft type:
- :portability: (because time at home and awake and able to concentrate on craft = about an hour a day but I can usually squeeze another hour or two in by having portable projects with me at all times)
- :materials (what to use and if I had to acquire anything else):
- :date to be given:
- :notes: (I find it useful to record if I need to blog the project and on which blog - helps me remember to take photos etc)
PHYSICAL ARRANGEMENT - KNITTING
In the madness of the days before Christmas I needed to feel in control of something so I invested 3 hours uploading (newly acquired) boodle to Ravelry, searching for and queuing patterns, annotating both the queue and the stash record with the pattern info and printing out the patterns. Another few hours here and there were invested in gathering together yarn, pattern, needles and notions and popping them all into project bags (this is where having waaaaay too many needles etc. comes in really handy). I attached a tag to each project bag with a sample of yarn. The tag lists pattern information, due date etc. and contents of bag. Bags were then divided into portable and home projects with some of the portables stashed in a box in the boot of my car. On the sewing list is extra project bags!PHYSICAL ARRANGEMENT - SEWING.
Fabric and notions stored with pattern (or at least the scrap of paper with my idea sketched on) and either put in a bag with a label, or pinned to the garment with a label with details of date due, notions and work needed. If I haven't finished something, or it's something I can do in stages, I leave a note of where I'm up to. Trust me, you can sew on several buttons between putting dinner on and turing the chops.
I'll let you know how it all works, but at least I feel organised and potentially super-productive.
Do you have a favourite craft organisation or time-management tip?