I am very close to finishing one project and then I have a couple more to get out and then, I think, I am going to do some Christmas crafting. Because I am a glutton for punishment. Or something.
Anyway, in the meantime, I am collecting patterns like a madwoman. I don't know what's wrong with me, it seems like an addiction. The problem is that I am just collecting them, taking them home, stuffing them in one of 17 crochet bags and walking away. Which means, I think things like, "Hmm... Didn't I have a really nice pattern for a big floppy beret that would be so lovely in this soft grey colour? (Because in my mind I don't bother correcting my spelling grey and colour the "wrong" way.) And then I search around for a while, come up with nothing and start over from scratch.
I am talking mostly free patterns from the Internet. And yeah, a lot of them are from places where I can have project lists and save them as mine, like Ravelry (of course) and Lion Brand (whose pattern finder is downright addictive). But some don't and I can't really figure out what to do with those.
I have a big empty three-ring notebook at home. The idea was that I would hole punch them and file them in there. I would get tabs and sort them by project type. And maybe, when I'm really, really good and obviously lonely and bored, I would cross reference them all by yarn type. Possibly there would be color coding.
But I've not done anything like that. So, right now, I have a bunch of random patterns and an empty notebook.
It's not that I think my plan wouldn't work if I actually worked on it, it's just that I'm not really working on it right now. So, what do you do, internet? How do you keep all those patterns straight?
Do you only use stuff on certain sites so you don't have to kill trees and waste ink with printing? Or do you have a highly organized print system? Or do you only print and keep patterns you've actually used in the past and have worked out well? Let me know. My empty notebook is developing a complex and my patterns are threatening to overthrow the current regime. That's me!