My system for record keeping has morphed over the years to the system described in my September 2 and December 1 posts. Having the luxury of time over the next while, I decided to replace the older Spinning Record Sheet under the Downloads tab with the Spinning Record Card (SRC) I currently use for my own FO’s.
I keep my records in a binder, but the sheet, which displays 2 records per page, could also be cut in half and filed in a box.
I like information that can be picked out at a glance. Here are a few notes to explain how I use these cards.
- Ratio ____ LMS. My Majacraft wheel has three whorls. Instead of recording the ratio, I highlight which whorl is presently on the wheel. One of my last spins was Gotland for a shawl that will soon be on my needles. I highlighted M and on the adjacent line wrote 4/4. “M” indicates my medium-sized whorl and 4/4 tells me that my drive band was sitting on the fourth groves; both on the medium whorl above and on the drive wheel below.
- Fibre Prep, Draft Twist, S/Z: A simple stroke of a a highlighter records my information.
- Folded TPI and WPI: This is where I record the tpi and wpi of the folded sample taken from the bobbin side of the orifice (see December 1st post).
- Finished TPI and WPI: This is where I record the tpi and wpi of my handspun after it has been finished.
- Dashed Cyan Circle: Records my spinning project number. My last handspun FO for example is #18-3.
- I attach plying and finished yarn samples to my SRC (see December 1st post)
- and last, but not least, I staple my Sample Card (see September 2nd post) to the back of my SRC.
I hope these cards prove as useful to you as they are for me.