With so much going on, and not much time or energy left over at the end of the day, there is lots of blog fodder but few blog posts. This entry might be of epic proportions or the first of many... I am not sure yet. Topics to come include: Designing my space, The Itch, Finding the Inspiration Collection, Why "Studios" was a disappointment, Shelves Bags Shelves Bookcases Hooks Cubbies Rollers, Fiesta, Meeting Local Knitters, and Oops I bought a front loader and suddenly want to make felt coasters.
Designing my space and Shelves Bags Shelves Bookcases Hooks Cubbies Rollers are, I suppose, the same topic. As the infinite regression of unpacking rule explains, in order to do something that appears to be simple -- i.e., oh, I think I'll start knitting a scarf -- you discover you have to take care of approximately 6 preliminary actions. These can include everything from finding which box has the laceweight yarn to building an addition on to the house. The studio is full of intimidating piles of stuff (see the photos of intimidating piles of stuff) and I needed to figure out how to organize everything.
After much waffling and delaying, I realized that I was trying to create permanent sorts of storage and work areas in a room I had never worked in. Instead, the room needed modular, movable, redefinable storage. I moved a couple of units like that (otherwise known as a bookcase and a little shelf unit) into the humungous closet in the studio, and then ran out and bought an inexpensive freestanding garment rack. Designing a huge closet of built-ins before I lived and worked here??? Nuh uh. I clambored over and through the boxes til I found the hanging sweater shelves that worked in my last yarn closet, et voila .. began unpacking yarn and tools. So a bit of progress has been made, and maybe 4 or 5 more boxes were emptied. I have some more pictures of the developing storage space, but the computer has just informed me it does not recognize the camera, and I am going to leave that problem for another time.
As mentioned in an earlier, entry, the magazine Studios, a special production of Interweave Press's magazine Cloth Scissors Paper, came out just as I moved and was the first new fiber purchase to come to the new address. But it was, unfortunately, pretty disappointing. Their solutions and studio designs consisted of lots of white shelving and baskets with contents organized by color. Well, yes. There were a couple of good ideas provided by some of the fiber artists they interviewed, but all in all, it was not much help and not even the ads were tempting. I could have used a good article about lighting, or vacuums for fiber. Though there was one studio, built in a hayloft, that had me drooling. So I am working on organizing the yarn closet in modular movable ways, and then, once most of the boxes are empty, I will try to figure out where to put the two tables I have, what kind of lighting I have/need, and ... don't get me started .. the chair issue.
With help from a new member of the Knitters Review forum, I have gotten back to work on the Free and Easy Pie Wedge shawl, and that's what I took with me when I finally got myself together and went to my first San Antonio knitting group meeting. (See Kim? I made it.) This group meets EVERY Sunday ( oh bliss) in a wonderful, casual, funky coffee house/wine bar/ brunch-lunch/live music cafe called the Candlelight. I met Amanda, a serious dyer of yarns with an Etsy store -- www.LoneStarArts.etsy.com -- who was knitting socks, and showed off one of Cookie's Monkey socks. Amanda is also a nuclear engineer. (Really.) She also told me that there is a fiber festival, aimed at weavers, spinners and, of course, knitters, in the town of Boerne in the fall. That's very near here!!!! Juanita was there, knitting socks from Amanda's yarn. She is a graphic artist who, in order to test some machinery at work, printed out two decals about knitting that are now among my favorite possessions. I will scan them when I get the scanner hooked up. Where would you put a decal that explained that you knit so that you don't kill anyone? Amy, who is a teacher, was at Candlelight too. She is close to finishing the fish blanket (these are someone else's fish -- I couldn't find a picture of a finished fish blanket). Amy started the blanket as a new knitter, which was very brave. The cafe was great, the knitting was great, the knitters were great and I realized as I drove home that the route took me past Central Market, a Whole Foods kind of place. So this might be the beginning of a great Sunday routine.
The itch mentioned above is not medical, thank you very much. It is a creative itch. I have ideas galore that I really want to get to. But the half-done state of the house is depressing, so while I found some of the yarn I have ideas for, and found the needles, I am going to stick to the Free and Easy Pie Wedge shawl and focus the creativity and energy (such as it is) on the house. It is hard at this point -- I am very ready to be over the process of moving. And it was very hard not being with family last night for Passover (especially since a series of problems and issues meant they didn't call). But I just did my first load of laundry in the new washing machine (who would have thought that could be so exciting, but finally, it is here and installed), and I am going to get a LOT more done before bed tonight. So I can get to that gorgeous purple and copper yarn you can see in the hanging shelves above.