The yarn stash can get out of control. So it goes too for the pattern collection. I’ve been gathering all sorts of pamphlets, books, and magazines for more than twenty years, ever since high school. For at least a decade I’ve also been accumulating digital patterns. Since I got my first iPad I’ve also purchased books and magazines for the iBooks, News Stand, Kindle, and Nook apps.
My blog readers may have a similar, hybrid collection of patterns. How do we keep track of them all?
On Ravelry, the “Library” section in the “My Notebook” part of one’s user account can be helpful for storing information about print and digital patterns. I’ve started entering the information about my collection there and I’m by no means finished. The only problem I’ve come across is the fact that Ravelry does not have all of the items in my collection in their database. Nevertheless, I encourage anyone who owns lots of patterns to try out the “Library” option of the Ravelry web site. It’s a very useful way to combine information from both digital and print sources.
I have no idea when I’ll finish entering all that stuff into my Ravelry “Library.” Until then, I do have other tricks up my sleeve.
Firstly, I keep my individual, digital pattern files organized in folders on my computer:
I prefer to use the Circus Ponies Notebook app (Mac only) because it works a lot like a paper notebook. As can be seen in the photo above there are options for sticky notes, etc.
Also notice how I have a section in my notebook called “Unknown Future.” This, more than anything, makes my system valuable to me. I just can’t remember things if I don’t keep them written down somewhere. In this case, I saw some charts I really liked and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them, so I just put it in that “unknown” category and annotated what I might like to do with them in the future.
Basically, I keep track of my patterns based on what I like and expect to use for now!