Sunday, October 10, 2010
At a loss
Losing important items is at the top of the list of things that concern me of late. I feel a bit like I'm losing my mind--and believe me, with a family history of Alzheimer's, I worry about this losing of things. Michigan lost today, but that doesn't bother me as much as losing my driver's license, the charger for my camera battery, or the neatly bundled double point needles which is what sent me into finally organizing my knitting room in the first place. The needles are still missing in action, but believe it or not, I'm not done reorganizing all that I apparently own.
I've outed my yarn and fiber stash before on this site, but even I'm a little taken aback at what seems to be the beginning of a yarn store. I honestly believe that if I never bought yarn again, I'd still have enough to knit until the end of days. The last time I showed photos of my yarn stash, my sister told me she wouldn't buy me yarn for Christmas because she wasn't "going to feed into that." Sheesh...like it's a problem or something. Ha.
Someone who does like to feed the yarn beast is Sara. She made me this project book using ideas from Martha Stewart's website. I've not used it yet, but now that I found it (buried in the mess), I will.
This room is the smallest bedroom in the house. In fact, if I had my bedroom upstairs and had no need of a knitting room, I'd have probably converted this space into the mother of all closets. Before I began reorganizing, that's sort of what it was. Oh who am I kidding? It was turning into a junk room.
I read an interesting article about organizing yarn by color weight. So instead of separating by types of yarn, like lace weight, DK, worsted, or even fiber content, I organized by color family. This is the right side of the shelves with the creams, beige, greens and multi-color blends.
And here is the left side with reds, blues, purples and the bottom shelf which has yarns grouped for special projects. Once I started putting the yarn up, my hands just automatically went to where my eye thought they belonged. Interestingly, when I look at the pictures, it makes sense. Don't red and blue combine to make purple? I didn't plan it this way, but using what I'd read, I just let it happen. It looks good to me, and I have to say, this space feels so right and incredibly special even thought it isn't quite done.
I still need to find the perfect rug and window treatments. I did think about a piece of furniture I had built to fit a mudroom over at Rachel's house. It was a built in bench that a woodworker made for me. We never secured it into the walls and it's not being used now, so I'm re-purposing that piece for bench seating beneath the windows and built in storage. I'll have cushions made for that spot so it'll be cozy.
Now here is the interesting thing...I always thought I bought a lot of green yarn, but apparently, I just buy, and make, an extreme amount of all colors of yarn. Did I mention that this is in no way all of it?
It's a start to being better organized and creating a space that's all my own. Here's hoping those needles show up one of these days.