I’ve recently developed a bit of an obsession with looking at other people’s bullet journals. I currently use a combination of calendars, to-do lists, end of day roundups, and journals for a variety of different purposes. So far the one condensed bulled journal isn’t quite right for me (which is silly, I suppose, since the whole idea of it is that you can use it however you want) but I find that I’m getting lots of good inspiration and tips from people’s bullet journals that are helping me to improve my own on-paper logging systems. In looking through all of this inspiration, I started wondering how people who crochet are using their bullet journals.
Maryj13 shares a page from her crochet bullet journal
What Is a Bullet Journal?
The bullet journal is a system of flexible notebook keeping designed to allow you to track pretty much everything – from annual events to your grocery list – in one simple notebook that is indexed for easily finding what you need. Some people get seriously intense with tracking every single thing and using elaborate listing systems and decorating each page with beautiful colors and lettering while others keep their style and content very simple. There is so much that you can do with the bullet journal. For a good overview of the basic bullet journal, I like the Buzzfeed bujo explanation or this guide by Tiny Ray of Sunshine although of course the original Bullet Journal website is also a place to start.
10 Tips for Bullet Journalers who Crochet
I haven’t tested many of these methods yet myself but in considering how I already use different lists and how I would be most likely to use a bullet journal as it relates to crochet, here are ten tips / ideas:
1. Add fiber events to your future log
Your future log is your calendar of things of things happening in upcoming months on specific dates. If you attend a lot of yarn events (or want to!) then this is a good place to calendar those out so that you can see what you have planned in the months ahead. You may discover you have several empty months in a row, which might inspire you to look for a retreat, workshop, class, or convention to attend during that time. You may also find that some months are very busy, which can give you pause for determining whether you want to stay that busy. The future log is also where crochet artists will track their exhibits and crafters who sell their work can list the craft fairs they’re exhibiting at throughout the year.
2. Add crochet submission deadlines to your monthly log
Each month in the bullet journal has its own layout so you can see what needs to be done and when you are going to do it. Crochet designers and artists can list their submission deadlines for the month here. As a craft blogger, I also list blog commitments for the month – for example, when I review a crochet book as part of a blog tour then it typically has a scheduled date for posting.
3. Create crochet goals as tasks for your monthly log
Attic 24 is one well-known crocheter who keeps a bullet journal
Not everything has a scheduled date but you may have a list of things you’d like to complete in any given month. I always think it’s great to set some goals in crochet. Goals might include a specific amount of progress on a big project, completing a WIP, or learning a new technique. As a blogger, my tasks also include topics that I want to blog about during the month.
4. List your crochet achievements in your daily log
In bullet journaling, the daily log is a simple list of short bullet points that describe your day. It includes to-do tasks, things to remember, quotes, etc. Listing your crochet to-do’s can definitely be done here but what I think is even greater is listing what you accomplished at the end of each day. Crochet helps many of us feel productive even when we don’t appear on the surface to be getting much done so this can be another great way to boost our self-esteem as we see what we get done in crochet.
5. Remember all of a crochet project’s details
Photo via Poochie Baby
In bullet journaling, any page can be used in any way so you could dedicate a page to a project. You might write down the pattern name, where you found it, what yarn you’re using, color ideas, what hook you’ve used, etc. The index at the start of each bullet journal will help you quickly and easily find this project info when you want to get to it again.
6. Crochet project trackers
Crochet is on the bullet journal habit tracker from Kristen’s Crochet
Lots of people who do bullet journaling use habit trackers, which are short calendars – sometimes color coded – that let you easily see if you’re achieving your goals. Common trackers include those for exercise, staying in a budget, daily meditation, drinking enough water, etc. Basically, anything that you want to do daily (or often) can go onto a habit tracker. Your habit tracker may be as simple as “crochet” – marking off each day that you crochet to keep it up as a habit.
A crochet habit tracker might also be more complex and specific to the craft. Ask yourself what things in crochet you’d love to accomplish each month and then include each of those as a habit tracker item. Ideas include:
- Practice mindfulness crochet
- Work on WIPs
- Work from yarn already in stash
- Try a new stitch / technique
- Do hand exercises for crocheters
- Photograph crochet and share on social media
Of course, you may find that these things work better for you as general goals in your monthly log than in habit tracker format. Use the bullet journal in whatever way works best for your own crochet goals.
7. Create crochet collections of things to try
Collections are big lists of things. You might have a single list of all of the things you want to try in crochet. Or you may have multiple collections for different things such as:
- Every crochet stitch you want to try
- Every crochet technique you want to learn
- Every crochet class you want to take
- Every crochet book you want to buy
- Every crochet artist you want to study
- Every crochet pattern you want to make
These collections are to inspire you; you can also mark off what you’ve accomplished on each one so that you can see how far you’re getting with your crochet.
8. “Waiting On” / Shipping Info
I’ve seen this page featured in several different people’s bullet journals. It’s basically a list of things that you’ve ordered and are waiting to arrive. I don’t order enough stuff for this to be relevant to me but some crocheters may find that they want to add yarn, pattern books, that are in the mail on their way to you.
If you are someone who ships items related to your crochet then you may also have a page for tracking that shipping info.
9. General crochet journaling
Keeping a crochet journal is a cornerstone of my practice, and is described in detail in my book Hook to Heal. All of the general journaling I do can also be part of a bullet journal.
10. Crochet a handmade cover for your bullet journal
Add some crochet to your bullet journal. You can crochet a motif that you attach to your journal, crochet an edging for your journal or even crochet a book cover for it.