It’s pretty easy when you have a million shades of floss to find the exact right one for a particular shade of felt. But unless you like a system where you then leave that floss in a little bowl forever so you can find it again it can become a problem. When that bowl started to overflow I usually ended up putting the floss bobbins all back in the boxes and tried to remember which floss matched which felt. Or made a scribbled note on a scrap of paper which quickly became lost for good. Which is not good. I use a good half dozen felt colours regularly for toys, not to mention it’s always smart to keep a track of what colours you used for that amazing embroidery that you might want to repeat one day. And now I crochet…well yarn has batch numbers and dye lots which are quite important to keep track of. I can barely remember my 50,000 passwords for every account I use daily so rather than lose yet another scrap of very important paper it was time to start a craft notebook.
I bought a tiny 70 cent spiral bound notebook and each page has a different project. Each crochet project has the size and brand of hook I used (size varies with each brand), the brand, colour and dye lot of each yarn plus a final tally of balls used overall. The felt page has a list of the DMC shades and a colour description of each felt they match. As I find my little scribbled embroidery projects notes I will add them too. It makes it so much easier, for example, if I want to make a rainbow to flick through until I find the notes on my rainbow caterpillar. Or the page with all the different shades of red for redwork or bluework. The more time I save planning a project, the faster I can just get down and do it. Which sounds good to me.
Oh and it may prove to be handy to keep a track of prices so you can find at a glance which is the cheapest place to buy that brand of floss/yarn/hook/needle next time. Saving money and time? That sounds great to me!