I spent a glorious weekend in Celia Quinn’s Spin Basics and Silk classes. You know how it goes. You get to spin a whole lot of different fibers with different methods. You come home with all these odd bits of fiber and yarn. You put it all away, and then, a year later, you ask yourself…now, what was that silk blend we played with and how did it spin up?
Which would you rather look up?
Celia had us bring a photo album (I brought a scrapbook) with tape and cards. A few minutes spent in class produces something like what you see on the left. On the right? Samples from another silk class that I took two years ago at Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat. (Do I get points for at least knowing exactly where to find the pouch of samples, and laying my hands on them on the first try?)
Honest, I did intend to put it all in a notebook. I may still. Maybe.
But now, seeing the end results, I will definitely bring a keeper notebook with tape and labeling materials in the future. Even if I just spend an hour the evening of the class cleaning things up. I’ll have a better chance at remembering what it was that I did.
Live and learn.