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Wooo! We made it to Friday. I still don’t have anything new I can show you, between the secret swap I’m doing and a few other things. Instead I thought I’d share my method of remembering what yarns I’ve used and what they were used for.

I use Ravelry a lot. My stash is on there, I have a page for pretty much every project I’ve knit, and I’ve made some wonderful friends. But my brain does not process a picture on the screen the same way it does something right in front of me. Initially, I was going to sew all my gauge swatches together into a sort of remembrance blanket. Great plan…………..if I knit gauge swatches for everything.

So, here I am with every ball band of every skein of yarn I’ve knit with, and a small piece of yarn from each, and I was trying to figure out an easy way to store them tidily AND be able to reference the yarn when I needed/wanted to. I was inspired by altered journals I saw on Pinterest to create a Yarn Book.

I found a lined journal that I liked with an elastic closure. Using Elmer’s Craft Bond glue, I glue in the ball band/skein tag and a snippet of yarn. I label what I knit with that particular yarn, just to jog my memory.

 As you can see, I’m not quite halfway through the book and already the elastic loop has proven quite valuable in helping me to keep my book shut. And when this one is full, I’ll put it on my Craft Books Shelf (yes, it’s important enough to be capitalized) and buy a new journal to start the process over again!

How do you store your ball bands/yarn snippets? Or do you? Let me know in the comments!