Today's Featured Mittens
Gentle Dawn and Blazing Sunset
I have reclaimed my daughter Emma's bedroom as my Knitting Studio. I (almost) literally shovelled the last of her belongings into the closet and carefully closed the door. I then set about creating my space for "woolgathering." The redecoration is not quite complete, but it is gradually evolving into my space.
The Knitting Studio
This may look messy, but it is a "working" studio. Everything there, and everything in its place.
The Artist's Palette
This definitely looks messy, but it is not. This is a collection of leftover yarn from my own projects as well as from friends who are happy to unload their leftovers on me. I am pleased to take them and make use of them, eventually. One of the reasons I annexed this space as a knitting studio was so I could spread my dribs and drabs of yarn out, grouping like colors together. That way I can better see what I have and what colors might go together in a suitable design. Much better than having them hidden in plastic bags but you do need quite a lot of space to do this.
Ice WineIce wine container--perfect size for a pair of children's mittens. Enhances the winter theme....snowflakes and the word Neige...(Mittens: SnowFlecks)
I have some very small bits of yarn that I cannot bear to throw away because I am cheap, a hoarder and like the challenge of finding a way to use these scraps in mittens. The balls are so small, however, that they get tangled up easily and cause a mess. So I have borrowed from the toolshed practice of putting nails, screws, nuts, washers, etc of various sizes into glass jars so you can see what you have at a glance. I am also happy to reuse glass bottles that would ordinarily get thrown away.
InventoryI also have the new stock displayed on open shelves so I can see the colors available. Sometimes, sitting in a rocking chair or re-charging on Aunt Gladys' cot, I will get an inspiration from looking at the yarn.
Well, really it's just a corkboard with some crucial notes and pictures tacked to it. Useful!
Among my tools, I have my now retro Radio/CD player so I can spend time with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Fred Eaglesmith, Jian Ghomeshi, Eleanor Wachtel, Shelagh Rogers, Rex Murphy, Bob Dylan... the list goes on....
Always time for a cup of tea....
Aunt Gladys' CotThe cot does list a little to one side but is adequate for naps of short duration to recharge creativity. It is covered by the Dresden Plate quilt my mother made me when I graduated from high school 39 years ago. The quilt is tattered and torn but keeps me in touch with my mother and her creative handiwork. Goldilocks has slept in this spot. It was "just right"!!!
Finishing DepartmentThis crucial piece of equipment has not yet found its exact place in the studio.
The Dressing RoomI found this heavy old mirror at Value Village for $10.00!! The maintenance crew does not yet have it hung on the wall. As you can see, the maintenance crew has a rather hang-dog demeanor.
Quality Control #1
Named, turnip-tagged and ready for shipment. (Starry, Starry Night; Aurora Borealis: Snow Flurries at Night)
Single Malt ScotchAnd then there is the Glenfiddich container for the adult sized mittens. (Mittens: EarthBound)
Awaiting the maintenance crew for installation.
Punching the Clock
Until next time....