On New Year’s day I was feeling a little stir crazy. We’d been snowed in for two days and, though it was lovely to look at, it was making me a bit insane. In a whirlwind of cleaning, Jason and I unpacked the last of our boxes (just short of five months after the fact), and then he helped me with a little project.
We have a spare bedroom here, which is a huge luxury for both of us, as well as for our guests. I’m sure my poor Mom was quite ready to say goodbye to sleeping on the futon every time she visited. We don’t have much furniture in there: just a bed, a bedside table, and a narrow Ikea bookshelf. When our landlord said we could have an old desk in the basement, I got to thinking. When my Nana sent me her old sewing machine, I really got to thinking. So on New Year’s Day, Jason and I hung the shelves, cleaned up the desk, and I spent the rest of the afternoon setting up and organizing.
We ended up with this:
There are notes and more detailed shots over on my Flickr. I’m excited beyond belief, which I know is lame. This way I’ve got a place for my crafty things, including books, which were threatening to overrun the rest of the apartment. It’s out of the way and tidy, and it brings a little more warmth to the spare room. It also allows me to keep my ball-winder, swift, and sewing machine set up, rather than taking them down and storing them every time I use them. So great! Next I just need to, ya know, learn to actually sew. I’m so afraid of that machine, but I’ll get there!
One of the things that I really love about my little nook is how my family is represented. I have a lovely photo of my mom on the shelf, and in the pitcher (made by my uncle in high school) I’ve got my great-grandmother’s knitting needles displayed. I’ve also got one of her chairs from her kickass kitchen table, which I inherited, and which my Dziadzi reupholstered in the funky vinyl I picked out. It’s tough to tell, but that black vinyl is actually snakeskin printed. Meow. I also have my Nana’s sewing machine (Thanks, Nana!) and the trunk on the left was also my great-grandmother’s. It’s filled to the brim with yarn, which brings me to my next topic.
I was messaged shortly after Christmas by a lovely woman named Leslie, who was in desperate need of some of my KPPPM that Jason had bought me for Christmas. Apparently this colorway is required for a coat she is knitting, and she couldn’t find it anywhere. I sent it to her happily, and was still left with one skein with which to knit myself some socks with a contrasting toe and heel. With the Paypal money burning a hole in my pocket, it seemed like fate that Stitchywitch was having a destashing sale. I was able to scoop up two yarns.
The second is a lovely blue colorway of Mountain Colors called Alpine, with which I plan to make socks for my wonderful fiance.
I included Wiglaf nose for scale.
Thanks to all for the compliments on my hair. Sadly, it washed out a ton and is now barely visible. It seems my hair just doesn’t hold red very well. Oh well. Now I’m off to work on my ND de G! Front and back down, two sleeves to go!
*I’m pretty sure Ms. Woolf just rolled over in her grave.