I am a wife and a mother to 3 terrific kids. We live in the greater Chicago Metropolitan area where the winters are unbelievably cold and the summers are hot, so spending lots of time indoors is common.
My aunt taught me to knit when I was in middle school and it has been my passion and addiction ever since. The idea for AFTER THIS ROW came about when my kids were quite young and they were heavily involved in school, sports and other various activities and needed me more often. During those years, it became increasingly difficult to squeeze in "knitting time”. As much as I tried to get right back to my knitting, sadly, it would sometimes be days, even weeks before I picked it up again. As I put my knitting away, I would say to myself “I’ll remember where I left off….” However, most often, “I didn’t have a clue” as to where I was when I last put down my project. I'm sure a few of you have said this exact same thing.
Because my memory loss robbed me of more knitting time, I created a chart of columns with pre-numbered rows in order to check off each row as I completed it. When I returned to my project, I looked at the last completed row and immediately resumed my knitting. SO EASY, right?!
As my skill level advanced my charts did as well. I added a repeat column alongside my pre-numbered column in order to record cabled rows, repeats of pattern, etc. Again, SO EASY!
Over time and many projects later, I specialized these charts, which I call Project Sheets, for different items to include scarves and shawls, socks, sweaters and coats, and top down sweaters.