an obsessive weirdo fascinated with documenting things. A while after I started spinning, I realized it might be a good idea to keep track. There are so many variables to handspun yarn — what if I wanted to duplicate a particular yarn later and had no idea how I’d made it in the first place? The handspun section of Ravelry’s project notebook is great, and I use it to track ongoing projects, but I wanted to be able to save samples of yarn, etc alongside my notes.
At first I was using a wirebound blank book, but even though I was saving only small samples, it was getting pretty unwieldy. And I want to be able to save much more in the way of samples — not just finished yarns, but samples of the singles, the plied yarn before finishing, a bit of the unspun fiber, maybe a knitted swatch.
So I made up this sheet recently, and I’m in the process of transferring everything my old sample notebook and adding the things I never put in the notebook because it was awkward to use. I’m storing the sheet and samples for each project in 8.5″x11″ polystyrene magazine bags, and I’m planning on picking up some sort of storage box that fits them.
I’m considering trying out something similar for other types of big projects — embroidery and knitting mainly. Do you document your projects?