Thursday, March 6, 2014

Studio Rehab

Much like Microsoft Silverlight, my performance degrades as I get closer and closer to needing an update. That is to say... my studio steadily slides down the slippery slope to chaos, and I get less and less productive and inspired as a result. It is an unfortunate burden to be someone who is both a total slob and completely unable to concentrate in a messy environment. I suck at maintaining, but I'm good at "ripping everything out and putting it all back again." Plus, I don't think I've ever posted pictures of my new studio space.


No before, but here's a progress shot. The before was like this, but with yarn shoved messily into the cubbies.

Mission #1 for this overhaul: stash the crafts I don't have time for elsewhere. Knitting takes up 90% of my efforts, but I did allow the drawing and painting supplies to stay since they're pretty self-contained in a little desk, and the ukulele (and it's brother, the cheap-child's-guitar-turned-bastard-baritone-uke) as well.



That bottom arrow should say "files, duh" but for some reason that caption didn't stick. Huh. Skitch is weird.

The spinning wheel is still up here at the moment because I have ONE (count 'em ONE) batch of top that I still need to spin up, but I spent the last two weeks spinning every other single thing in my fiber stash so that I could get that hobby off the map for awhile.

But paper crafts, glitters, glues, fancy tapes, etc? Down to the basement to live with my banished jewelry-making supplies. This room is just too dang small not to be focused. I moved from a fairly giant studio in our last place to an itsy bitsy one here, and I have to just keep trimming away more and more fat to keep the room from being overwhelmed. Someday, if I ever get more of my stash knit up without immediately replacing it (a gal can dream) I might be able to move some of those things back up into the Expedit. But not now.



Mission #2: Reorganize the yarn. I am forever torn about how to organize my stash. "By Color" is by far the prettiest, but when it comes time to do colorwork it can be hard to remember what yarns you have in multiple colorways... and what do you do with those dastardly multis? (I've pretty much banished heavily variegated skeins from my stash, with one or two exceptions, but I still have self-striping to contend with.) By weight or brand solves that problem, but just looks so blah. I like to rearrange every few months anyway just to keep everything aired-out and bug-free, so this time, it's color, and I kinda love it. I organized the books the same way, 'cause why not. I also took the time to re-wind the hand-wound balls into cakes so that they'd stack more nicely. A pain in the ass (and I hate to think of how much time I wasted winding them in the first place) but worth it from a sanity-saving perspective.




My biggest challenge is contending with WIPs and "FOs-waiting-to-be-blocked-and-photographed-and-published". Right now they sort of lounge about on all the flat surfaces but I would not mind finding a better solution. It'd be nice to mount some shelves in here, but I get a bit shy around projects that involve finding studs. (Insert "stud" joke here.) I also need to touch up the wall paint where the couch scuffed it up, and hang some art...but that probably also involves acquiring a drill, I haven't had much luck hammering into the plaster.




The astute among you might be wondering where that awesome green velvet couch that I posted on Instagram two months ago is - the answer is "sitting in the basement and thinking about what it's done." That is to say- offgassing the horrible reek of formaldehyde and death that comes part and parcel with new, cheapish furniture. I hope to be able to move it up here soon. I also need a new quilt for this room, to protect the new couch from dogs/keep my freezing tootsies warm while I work... which may explain my recent obsession. The pink one just doesn't.... go.



And finally, my poor sad dressforms who I treat like coatracks:



12 comments:

  1. Good job! I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to photograph my 'studio', which has been condensed into a cupboard following a recent move. Am tempted to just turn my lounge into the studio and be done with it - at least it would keep the yarn in one place. Possibly.

    Nah, who am I kidding!

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    1. Oooh yeah let's not talk about the rest of the house and how much of the chaos that was formerly in here has migrated to the living room...

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  2. I love that you arrow'd your totoro. I have one in my office too, so I'm going to remember to arrow him out the next time I take a picture. Also, I can't wait to see what you make re:samurai!!!

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  3. I am not a designer or anything, but I want a creation space of my own. My husband has a whole building (his workshop). I have bins of yarn and now fabric in the living room and a bedroom, assorted needles shoved around (and sometimes IN) my recliner and my sewing machine table taking up space in the living room blocking a couch.... it's great! I love the captions btw! What exactly is the $1.69 insurance policy?

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    1. It's a thin rubbery keyboard cover that I got on Amazon after having to replace my keyboard because I spilled something on it, haha. Totally worth the money!

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  4. Awesome about the art show! Can't wait to see what you cook up.
    My studio space (used to be a messy boy's room) needs spackle and paint, and a rug since I let him have the rug for his dorm room. I need to get on the move, because it's so messy in there I can't think. You're not the only one!

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    1. I could definitely use a rug. I'd kinda like to paint the floors, they're pretty effed up, but I have major guilt about painting unpainted wood.

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  5. Congrats on the show!!! That's super exciting.

    Your studio overhaul is inspiring me to do the same in my cramped little office, which is also our dining room. My poor dress form just sort of floats around in the middle of the space because there isn't anywhere for her to stand. I also have 2 rolling chairs floating around. It's like a mine field at night.

    That pic of sheepish Pog is awesome-- she seems to know her status as couch-ruining gargoyle.

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    1. Don't fall for it, she's totally proud of what she's done.

      My rolling chair and my dress forms are obstacles for me too- there's just not that much floor space. I'm considering moving the rolling chair out since I almost never use my desktop computer (it's basically a storage harddrive for old photos) but it has a massage chair thingy on it that is nice to have handy, haha.

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  6. I would love to have my own couch-ruining gargoyle! Where I live there are tons of wild dogs roaming around. One of these days I'll lure one into my studio and make him my own!

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    1. Aww :-) I'd be in bad shape if we had many strays around here- I'd probably have acquired a whole army of 'em by now.

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