Things I Love: My Notebooks


We all have different ways of trying to keep organized. Some people keep calendars in their email or on their phones. Some people have paper calendars. Some people write lists.

I have notebooks.

I call them “my brain” because if I lost them, I’d lose it.

My notebooks are a dumping ground, a storage system, a first-draft collection device and more all in one portable package.

I use them for to-do lists and phone messages.

to do list
Here's an old to do list, complete with doodles, and a potential project list for my book.

I use them to write patterns.

pattern notes
The notes for a pattern for children's mittens, heavily revised while knitting.

(This pattern, by the way, you can find on my knitting site if you’re interested in some really easy pint-sized mittens.)

I use them to sketch (in my amateurish way) and write about pattern ideas.

pattern sketch
I'm not the only one who loves my notebooks!

I write first drafts of reviews, articles and essays in there when I have time for first drafts. And the Bit uses them from time to time, too.

I love using a notebook because I can take it anywhere and use it around my kid. If she saw me taking notes on my phone or trying to use a laptop, she’d be all over it. This way I can get some work done while she’s watching TV or playing with her train set, and I can still pay attention to her and get away form the technology for a while (I really love composing on paper when I have time to — I feel like I think more clearly that way).

I was out with some friends the other night and my pal Stephanie said “I love your notebook.” I think she was making fun, but I really do love my notebook. I’d be lost without it. And get a lot less done.

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