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Cataloguing knitting books

Knitters Inc.

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1wyvernfriend
Aug 2, 2006, 12:52pm Top

I've taken to listing as tags all the types of patterns available in books like women, cardigan, blanket etc, what do other people think?

2BoPeep
Aug 2, 2006, 1:49pm Top

I have that to some extent - I have tags for 'sweaters', 'hats', 'socks', but I haven't applied them in great detail yet. My tagging's been rather haphazard, since new features keep coming along and distracting me every time I tackle a big batch. ;-)

3fragras First Message
Aug 2, 2006, 11:55pm Top

I think that's a great idea but, since I have 53 knitting books, it would be a fairly long project. Maybe it's a task for next winter!!

4knitsnspins
Aug 4, 2006, 10:25pm Top

My tags for my knitting book are pretty basic, knitting (on all of them) and then lace, Aran, socks, patterns, design, stitch patterns, Shetland -- whatever, and then Mary, to say they belong in my fiber room, as opposed to somewhere else.

5ErickaJo
Aug 5, 2006, 9:39pm Top

This is something that I'm planning to do. I have a pretty healthy library, and I'm not done cataloging it yet, but I'm thinking of the day when I can come to my library thing page instead of pouring through every book I have to find a pattern.

My big project will be my magazines. I want to tag them with patterns and articles that I think I'd want to come back to... that will be a big project, but incredibly useful to me. Maybe I'll list the patterns in the review. That way I can scan this instead of sitting down in a pile of magazines for hours! :)

Now, the trick with my mags will be the lack of ISBN numbers. I don't imagine everyone could agree on a system?

6BoPeep
Aug 6, 2006, 6:35am Top

To some extent the magazine's ISSN can be used, ErickaJo. But if you can't pick them up from a library catalogue (quite likely) it'll be a lot of work to enter even the basic data.

I'd love to do it for mine (knitting and cross-stitching), but it could take years! :-)

7wyvernfriend
Aug 6, 2006, 9:10am Top

I *think* that magazine support is "being planned" at some stage.

8edhead First Message
Aug 7, 2006, 11:01am Top

I have tons of vintage magazines and leaflets that I would love to find a way to catalog and mark my favorite patterns (I have one with a knitted girdle with a poodle on it). So far the extra work to do it just makes it seem to difficult. Any more info on how ISSNs can be used?

9BoPeep
Aug 7, 2006, 1:19pm Top

Of course, there's always the possibility of organising ourselves to tag titles in a team (ooh, I like alliteration). E.g. I have a lot of Debbie Bliss titles, and I don't mind going through them all and tagging my copies thoroughly if someone else would tag The Knitter's Bible, The Big Book of Knitting, maybe some others in return... we can then grab tags from each other pretty quickly and simply.

10knitsnspins
Aug 9, 2006, 10:33pm Top

I'm willing to do some tag teaming. Big Book of Knitting just got packed, but I have the Zimmermann books unpacked, if that would help. We are in the process of moving, and I really don't want to UNpack boxes at this stage.

11radiantarchangelus
Oct 12, 2006, 2:47pm Top

I just barely started adding to my catalogue - actually tagging the books by patterns...wow. Very impressively ambitious.

12sann
Oct 15, 2006, 2:55pm Top

If you have a teenager, this is a perfect summer job for them. Last summer my 13 yr.old cataloged all of my books and yarn in an excel spreadsheet.

It was very basic though and I showed her where to find the info that I wanted on yarn label.

13webecca
Jan 1, 2008, 1:20pm Top

Has anyone heard any more about magazine support being added? I'm about half way through cataloging my books, and would love to do my magazines next. If LT would then expand to yarn, threads, needles, fabric and finished handwork, I'll just stay home and have groceries delivered for the next 5 years.

14AnnaClaire
Jan 1, 2008, 4:06pm Top

Listing how? How you go about it really affects how I'd view it.

In tags? Won't complain. I've heard tags pushed as the answer for problems that they're (in my opinion, anyway) less able to handle.

In comments? Even better.

As a review? That I'd flag as not a review.

Cataloging each pattern individually? Maybe, but here it gets tricky. I've got knitting books cataloged as the book. Things like Scarf Style and Wrap Style get entered as books; the patterns in them don't (I can get that off Ravelry). Likewise those pamphlets put out by yarn companies, such as Debbie Bliss's Pure Silk or Classic Elite's Luxe. They're close enough to being books as they are.

Note The touchstone options available for the Debbie Bliss book (even with the "others" link) are both incorrect. The link should point here.

15oregonobsessionz
Edited: Jan 4, 2008, 1:40am Top

>13 webecca: webecca

If you want to catalog all of your yarns, needles, and knit/crochet projects, you probably should sign up on Ravelry. The completed projects posted there are so inspiring! Patterns from books and/or magazines are often illustrated in the original published version, but you can also view the same patterns as made by multiple users.

If anyone finds a site where you can catalog fabric, I would like to know about it. Or maybe I wouldn't. It could take a lifetime to catalog my quilting stash, and I don't have enough quilting time as it is.

Edited to fix the link, and to add this:
You have to join Ravelry in order to see the actual content of the website. Membership is free, but they have a waiting list. See the link on the right.

16webecca
Jan 4, 2008, 12:28am Top

oregonobsessionz, would you please check the link you left to Ravelry? I will definitely check it out. Thanks!

17AnnaClaire
Jan 4, 2008, 12:11pm Top

Right below the login box there's another with "Don't have an account?" at the top. Click the "Add your name to the list" link, and enter your e-mail address (and blog, if you have one). Once the people who have signed up before you are in the system, you'll get an e-mail telling you that it's your turn. Just follow the steps from there, and you're in!

I doubt it will take long for your invitation to arrive. I signed up in October, and waited only two or three weeks, and a while ago they started inviting more people per day than were adding themselves to the list.

18zoeone
Jan 25, 2008, 12:38pm Top

Checked and they implied it would be quite a wait (With over 6,000 waiting!)
I'll try anyway~
thanks!

19AnnaClaire
Jan 25, 2008, 1:45pm Top

Funny that it would be such a wait. I think there were at least a hundred thousand ahead of me when I added my name to the list.

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