My craft room became even messier than usual as I tossed in whatever I had been using for the latest project (needles, patterns, left over yarn) instead of neatly putting in the correct location. By the time our guests had left, even I knew I needed to work seriously to convert the craft room from just storage to the work space it is meant to be.
Joe (strongly) suggested I completely empty the room and reload from scratch. He also suggested I get rid of old magazines and replace as necessary with digital versions. Since I have every issue ever published of Piecework, Interweave Knits, and knit scene, plus most issues of Knitters and Vogue Knitting, that could open up considerable room. I also have many knitting books, some that I use frequently and some that haven't been opened in years.
I emptied the room yesterday. Here's what it looks like now:
In reloading this space, I'm going to start with yarn. Last month I gave away some yarn I knew I wouldn't touch again (glittery stuff to Charity Knitters for scarves, baby yarn to Sylvia for her charity knitting, leftover alpaca from my Thunderstruck shawl to Stephanie after she said she'd use it). I gave more away on Monday (machine washable yarn to Charity Knitters, a sweater's worth of Sirdar Highland Chunky in berry red to Catherine), and I've set aside nine sweaters' worth of yarn (most are kits) that I am unlikely to knit and have some possibility of selling.
I started an Excel spreadsheet to track my stash back in 2009 (before I was on Ravelry), and plan to continue using it to track what I have. I'm thinking of restructuring some of the space (eliminating a shelf here and there) and organizing the yarn in different ways (one small drawer for all the baby and child projects instead of scattered throughout, sweater quantities separate from accessory quantities, bins by color or gauge), but that is still in the idea stage.
As for what I did last year, I finished fewer projects than usual, only 55 instead of my normal 65-75. However, 60% were knit in fingering or lace weight yarn, so my yardage knit might have been similar. I did manage to achieve one knitting resolution: I have 2 fewer WIPs than I did 12 months ago, and that is purely from knitting, not giving away or ripping out.
I did finish Xmas gifts for each house guest except the 4 year old boy who got dinosaurs and his grandfather who got a special framed photo from Joe. Here's what I made:
|Windschief hat, Ribbed hat, Mohair Bias Loop, 2 Pretty Things, Quilted Lattice Ascot|
|Acacia Cowl for Mom|
|Purple Drift Cowl for Joyce|
|Handwerks Miracle Scarf|