I'm a list-maker. I always have been. I'm one of those people that will even put an already-completed item onto a list, just for the pleasure of crossing it off again.
For knitting, my list is mostly the first half of the first page of my Ravelry queue. My Ravelry queue is fluid - I use it to keep track of projects I intend to make as well as projects I could make using stash yarns I have. Because of the brilliant way the site is organized, it's easy to move things around within the queue, so the first page is usually made up of the things that are at the top of my mind.
Sewing is a little trickier. How many times have I heard a person who both knits and sews say, "I wish there were a Ravelry for sewing!" If only . . . but we're left to our own devices. I've tried a few different ways.
Around the beginning of the year, I made 3 different sewing spreadsheets using Google Drive: one for projects I wanted to make and for which I already had the pattern and fabric; another for patterns I wanted to make but didn't have fabric for; and a third for stash fabric. I took pictures of everything, resized them and added them to the spreadsheets. And that worked for me for a little while. But I found it cumbersome - it wasn't easy to make changes and move things around if, say, I wanted to use a stash fabric with pattern B rather than pattern A.
So at the beginning of April I sat down in front of my stash and made a hand-written list in a little notebook I dedicated just to this purpose.
By now, the list extends to the following page, which I didn't bother to picture. You can see that I've been able to cross off a fair number of items in the last month and a half. You can also see that I've made some changes - for instance, I have a piece of black stretch twill that I'd originally intended to use for another pair of Colette Clovers, but then decided I'd like to try out the Burda 7447 pattern instead. And the entry "yellow plaid Sencha" has a star next to it because I'm not sure the fabric is an appropriate weight for the pattern - I'm still thinking it over.
This is working for me a little better than the Google spreadsheets, but I'm still not 100% in love with this method of list-making. Part of the problem is that my ideas about what I want to make change pretty quickly. It's easy to make changes here, but I know that once my notebook doesn't look nice any more, I won't want to use it!
I also sometimes feel overwhelmed by my list: it makes me feel that there is too much to do, so I procrastinate about starting anything. It weighs on me sometimes. But other times it feels like a little notebook full of possibility.
How do you all keep track of things you want to make, if you do at all? Do lists encourage you to stay on track, or do they feel burdensome?