I have had a Brainwave. My idea is not original. I’m sure others have thought of it, practice it, and are happier for it. But I’d never thought of it, and I think it’s going to change my life, so I have to share it in case it’s helpful to someone else.
With Rhinebeck coming up this weekend, I had a sad moment thinking about how I rarely buy much yarn at fiber festivals or other yarny events.
Whether it’s Rhinebeck, Indie Untangled, or Jill Draper’s Open Studio, I completely blank out when standing in front of all the wonderful yarn. My heart rate goes up and I feel a little panicky. In this state, I can’t remember a single sweater that I want to knit, let alone what weight of yarn or yardage it requires. (A similar thing used to happen to me in Blockbuster, where I’d wander the aisles, unable to think of a single movie I wanted to see.)
I made a down-and-dirty cheat sheet: a short list of patterns that I have been longing to cast on, with information that would help me buy appropriate yarn for those projects. (A good source of great sweaters: the 2018 March Mayhem bracket.)
I made a little table of info for each pattern. Of course, you can tailor your cheat sheet any way that is helpful to you.
Here are the blanks I’m filling in:
Yarn specified in the pattern
Yardage for my size
Grist aka yards per ounce of the yarn specified in the pattern (see Jillian Moreno’s explanation of grist) (yes I’m showing off)
Weight designation on the label
Construction (woolen or worsted? single or plied?)
I put my cheat sheet on a spread in my trusty Bullet Journal, but this information could also be on a set of index cards in your bag, or on the back of an envelope. The essential thing is that you have it with you when you are facing into the yarn, feeling a little woozy.
With a cheat sheet to guide me this weekend, I hope to make better choices. I won’t come home empty-handed due to Yarn Overload, and I also won’t come home with random single skeins of yarns that have no plan for where they’d like to see themselves in five years.
I’ll let you know how it works out, and if you do your own cheat sheet, you let me know, too.