I’ve Cleaned My Craft Room!By Veronica Smith – 25 Comments
I have finally done it! I have cleaned my nemesis of a room. Well, there is one really high shelf to go with boxes of wool. My craft room now has a floor – who knew? It also has lovely windows to look out. It has a cutting table and I can identify the sewing machines. It has taken me 2 weeks, from 8AM until about 3PM, 5 days a week. My ever helpful 21 year old suggested about half way through, just after my “I’ve had enough” rant, that I should just shove it all back in there. That’s how it got to be a disaster in the first place.
We moved in 11 years ago and I knew 2 boxes that were put in the dim dark depths under the table. One was a very old dinner setting that I have no intentions of using but don’t know what to do with. It looks different than I remember though. The other box was a serious shocker. It has drawings from when I was in kindergarten. That was 1971. My mum is ecstatic, this is a good thing. It had other odd things from a similar era. I am only assuming that in one of my mum’s moves she managed to leave the box here, we use to look after some of her stuff whilst she moved.
Wool – yarn – cottons – fibers – WIP’s. More and more of them kept surfacing, the stuff just kept coming out of the woodwork so to speak. I have put yarn in boxes and in vacuum sealed bags to save some space. Unfortunately, they have a white back and are clear with colored spots on the front that make it really difficult to see what is in there once squished.
I have all my cotton threads, a shop full of them, in a cupboard and my really fancy and hand spun ones on another shelf in the same cupboard, there aren’t many of them.
I have all of my WIP’s at the back of my table under the shelf there. My little ‘random ball of wool’ is now there as well. I couldn’t put her in a bag with the masses after she has been keeping me company for so long in front of my computer. So many unfinished items, all crochet baring one. I remember doing the knitted one before my second child was even thought of, that’s pre 1996, it is a teal mohair cardigan. It just needs a sleeve so I should finish it. Why I never did is beyond me, other than I hate knitting so in actual fact I am not sure why I started it.
I am about to embark on the 2012 FreeForm crochet challenge that I get involved in every year. The topic we have to follow will be decided via poll results on November 2nd. I was very tempted to start keeping yarns out for that. However, not knowing what theme is going to win that would have been silly wouldn’t it? My mind is running rampant though.
The other yarns have also sparked my interest in other projects. An afghan for my step dad and one for my mother to put over their knees whilst watching TV in the winter. I almost bundled that yarn up separately and kept it out, however once again that is silly. It is coming on summer here and it will be a while before I get started.
I do need someone to have more babies though. There seems to be an excessive amount of baby yarn. I also found yarn in a paper bag from a store that has not existed in about 21 years (‘McDonald and East’ for the Australians). It is a darkish gray pure wool – why did I purchase it? I do remember it was 20c a ball, there’s probably about 40 of them although they are very small.
The one thing I was looking for and is missing, is an afghan that is just a large granny square. I started it when I was about 10 or 11 and never finished it. Mum and dad purchased me skeins of pure wool from a sheep farm, once again I don’t know why. That began my obsession with natural fibers. It was packed away because I got fussy as I got older and it was autumn colors which I decided I didn’t like there for a while and also it wasn’t very neat. The tragic part about this is although the room was a disaster I knew exactly where I had stashed it. Imagine my shock and disappointment when it wasn’t there? Funnily enough there are two unwound skein of the wool there. Gremlins? There is still the high shelf to go so I am hoping I have moved it up to there at some point.
Anyway – now the room’s pretty well done except for the high shelf I can start dreaming of more projects to start and never finish. I have a new lease on life as far as crochet goes. I was in a bit of a slump. If I enforce my 15 minute rule all would be okay.
Wish me luck!
PS – sorry about the quality of the photos!