I love page savers!! You know, the clear plastic page protectors that single patterns either come in when purchased or you slip them into as soon as you get home from your latest yarn extravaganza shopping spree. They are so handy when organizing your patterns and are easily grabbed to take with you in your knitting bag for travel. Coffee, etc. also wipes off the page saved pattern very well. You can also use those Vis-A-Vis wipe off markers and make notations on the page saver without marking on your paper pattern. I slip a couple stitch markers or whatever other little things I might need while on the road down in the one for the pattern I'm using. Keeps the small items right where I can get to them easily.
I bought a box of 100 heavy duty clear page savers yesterday at Office Max. I immediately headed home and got to work organizing all my single/loose patterns into sturdy notebooks. I now have categories as follows: 1) baby and children, 2) hats, mittens, fingerless gloves, 3) women's sweaters - vests, short sleeves, long sleeves, and cardigans, 4) totes/purses - felted, knitted, and misc. (computer cover, cell phone pouch, iPod cover, glasses case, etc.), 5) shawls, wraps, stoles, and scarves, 6) household - afghans, pillows, dishcloths, towels, silverware pouches, coasters, Christmas stockings, 7) socks - toe-up, leg-down, 2 on circular, etc. I really love looking through the notebooks. I seem to notice something different everytime I look through them. There's definitely security represented by those notebooks and many page savers --- I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will survive any knitting pattern shortage that comes my way!
Tomorrow, our presence (husband and I) has been requested by our oldest son. He wants us to come to Richmond to see the house he and his fiance have purchased to give some advice and opinions on some things they want to do. Isn't that GREAT!!!? He wants our advice and opinions!! And, we'll have to work in a birthday lunch -- he's all set to turn 24 years old on Sunday, July 2nd. While in the big city, I am hoping to steer the car in the direction of at least 1 or 2 knitting shops!!
Update on "Woe is Me!" from June 26: They finally came and fixed the air conditioner today. The workman said it was well over 100 degrees in the area around the unit up in the upstairs ceiling. Reason for the delay? Seems that there was some concern re: fire while welding the replacement valve to the unit in such a tight space up in the ceiling. I'm thinking, "HMMMM...fire ...... insurance...be able to collect and maybe buy a house with walls." Well, it was just a fleeting kind of "what if" thought and anyway, I never would have been able to get all the yarn out in time. The unit is fixed and working very well. Now, the huge plastic whatever (see pictures on 06/26 post) can be removed from the hallway. It has served its purpose - to horrify and cool. It will be arctic sleeping tonight!