I made the video to go along with this post back in December, and then promptly forgot to write the post. Ironic since I blog mainly about planners and being organized, but what can you do?

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I’ve dabbled in bullet journaling and that I enjoy the concept. However, I couldn’t get past just how unstructured the system was. I need a little bit of structure. So I decided when I started a new journal, I would set it up how I thought a bullet journal should be set up—well, to make it work for me at least.

Here’s the video link so you can see what it looked like before I started using it: https://youtu.be/12GscRLft7s

I’m about half way through the journal, which isn’t saying much, since all my set ups took up about 2/3 of the pages. This journal is also college ruled, something I don’t care for in journals, but I loved the cover sooooo much I made an exception for the paper.

How I set this journal up:

MO2P—24 pages for December 2015 to December 2016 monthly set ups.

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WO1P—52 weekly set ups. I tried to vary the design.

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Then I started the collections/journaling/dailies section. I didn’t do any official collections or lists, just used this section for journaling.

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I did start my Index, in the back, but don’t keep it up to date. I only make reflection sections or if I do a pro/con or Compare&Contrast of some planners.

This set did not work for me. Mainly because I didn’t remember to use it. That’s my own fault. I love the bullet journaling concept, especially the collections, so I think I’ll just take that part of the system and run with it.

© Cori Large February 19, 2016

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Knitting Block by Block: 150 blocks for sweaters, scarves, bags, toys, Afghans, and more

Knitting Block by Block

This is a Blogging for Books review.

Title: Knitting Block by Block: 150 blocks for sweaters, scarves, bags, toys, Afghans, and more.

By: Nikki Epstein

I picked this book to do a review on because I love the concept of multiple quick projects being turned into a larger, seemingly more complicated project.

The back cover states my takeaway correctly: “Blocks are quick to knit, portable pieces perfect for group and charity projects, and now not limited to just Afghans! Knitting Block by Block gives you the tools to unlock a world of creative possibilities and confidently build your own design ‘block busters,’ one block at a time.”

I am a person who likes to take my knitting with me wherever I go. And having small projects like the panels offered in this book I feel are perfect for doing that.

The patterns in this book start out simple and become more intricate and complicated as you progress. I feel this would be a nice learner’s book for a new knitter for several reasons:
1. As stated above, moves from simple and beginner to more advanced and complex patterns;
2. Each panel is a short project, and shouldn’t be too overwhelming;
3. By working through the panels in order, the knitter has a physical reminder of how much his/her skill has improved;
4. And, finally, when all the panels are completed, the knitter can sew them together into a blanket to be shown off.

Here is the YouTube video link for the video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rbGXJ-q05c

© Cori Large April 5, 2015