Saturday, July 17, 2010

Taking Notes?

Do you take notes when working on a pattern?

Or, do you assume that the pattern should be self explanatory?

It's been my experience that most don't bother because they expect the pattern to be clear enough (most don't read it thru first anyway), or, they just don't know how. They'll write something down, either on a small ass piece of paper (then forget where it is), or, can't read what they wrote.

I would like to teach people why and how to take notes. It really isn't that hard.

If you spend the time and money to create something from scratch, the least you can do for yourself is to take the time to make sure you know what you're going to do and why before you do it. Especially wearables.

Too many times as a teacher, I just find students start a pattern blindly, then, find themselves getting stuck at a certain point, then expect me to figure it out. Many, many times, I've tried to explain to them the benefits of not only taking notes, but to at least read over the pattern first, write out or highlight what they don't understand.

Remember, "The only dumb question is the one you don't ask!"