I am a knitter. When I’m not eating, sleeping, or writing, I’m usually knitting. As a hobby, knitting comes with a lot of stuff. There are needles of varying size and type; yarns of different weights, fiber, and colors; and projects in various states of completion. A quarter of the space in my office closet is dedicated to my hobby.
A quarter of a closet, compared to many other knitters, is extremely minimal. As someone who subscribes to a lifestyle of simple living, however, I see the stash as a thorn in my side. I go through stages of acquiring and then using. Right now, I’m using a great deal of my stash on Christmas knitting projects, which is helping to alleviate some of my anxiety about the size of my stash.
In the knitting world, there is a new online community called Ravelry that has proven to be an incredible resource to me. I had to sort through my entire stash and catalog it with photographs and information and then enter it into the site’s database. Now, I can pull up a ball of yarn online and cross match it to projects where people have used the same yarn in the past. It saves me time thinking up project ideas and reminds me what I have and how I can use it. Additionally, it connects me with other knitters who may be willing to take some of my yarn off of my hands.
I’ve been searching for days for similar services connected to other hobbies. As of right now, I have been unable to find such services. Resources like Ravelry can be valuable for organization and planning efforts, and I would love to be able to compile a multiple-hobby list of online resources for our users.
In the comments’ section, please tell us about your hobby and any online resources that can help with its organization and planning. Services that help our readership to be less cluttered are worth sharing!