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!