Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My New Favorite Design Tool!

I am always looking for ways to improve the way I work, and make my job as a designer,  easier and more efficient.

When crocheting a sample, I usually work from a rough draft of the pattern on my computer.  However, there are times when I want to work, and am not able to have my computer with me.  For times like these, I print out a copy of the pattern to work from.  I make notes and corrections on this sheet, and transfer them to the computer when I have a chance.

I often write notes all over the page, and this can be a little confusing later, especially if I am not able to enter the changes into the computer soon after taking the notes.  This is where my new favorite tool comes in!  My daughter first noticed these multi-color pens at the local stationary store, except the one she wanted had 8 colors.  We bought one and she had so much fun with it, that she began to take it everywhere.  Paper and a pen can keep her busy for quite some time! 

Anyway, shortly after she got the pen,  I was working on a pattern and had been taking the same printout out with me all week.  It was becoming unclear which notes were current.  I suddenly remembered the pen!  I thought, what a great idea; I can use different colors for different days or types of notations.  I bought the 4 color pen shown above that day, and have never looked back.  I find it useful for so many situations in addition to pattern writing.  I think I will get one to carry in my handbag as well.  I love how something so simple can be so useful!


  1. I remember those from my childhood - they were a THING! I didn't have one though, but was jellous to ones that had. :)

  2. It is one of those things you forget about, and then get excited about when you remember them:-)

  3. Great idea for a simple, practical way to solve your problem.