Monday, February 27, 2012

Yippee!!!!!!

The blue sweater is now all one piece and the raglan sleeve shaping has begun,
which has used up no less than THREE 175-yard balls of yarn, leaving me just short of 4,000 yards of yarn for the year so far.  That does, of course, include the chucking of 880 yards in the form of a shawl with issues, but it also includes a ball of yarn that didn't count because it had already been knit and frogged once before and has to be frogged and reknit again, so it almost balances out.  Whew!  And that 3 ball difference is going to make such  a difference when trying to get all the yarn back INTO the sewing room...........

Which, by the way, is painted!
The odd smudges on the green wall are either reflections of something or something on the lens, not actually on the wall.  2 green walls and two in "dried stem."  I just love how it turned out.

While everything (mostly) is out of the sewing room, we decided it would be a good time for me to play around with desk arrangements.  So far, my sewing "desk" involves 2 folding tables, a card table, and two pieces of plywood because sewing machines are too heavy for Costco's plastic folding tables--a shock to no one who has ever lifted a serger, I'm sure.  I'm hoping I can do some sort of U-shape (borrowing the folding table we actually use for parties) that will allow me to have all 3 sewing machines AND the serger set up.  If it DOES work, I'm not sure if I'll want to stick with them being tables--which can always have storage tubs underneath them--or a real desk of some sort, which could have drawers.  I've ruled out traditional sewing furniture.  They're nice, but I don't need them to fold back up and would, frankly, NEVER fold up the cabinets, so it would just be a waste of space and money.  Having married MacGuyver, there are also options to make sewing furniture if I can figure out what I want or to add a lifting mechanism to a regular desk to allow  one of the machines to drop so the sewing surface is flush with the table.  All good options, but it has taken me 5 years to decide I wanted one wall full of shelves.  Well, 5 years and counting because now Andy came up with the idea of making one shelf 30 inches in height to allow me to store my bolts of interfacing and I'm still debating it.  Really, I do have decision making capabilities, I swear--they just seem to have been worn out with decisions on which yarn to buy..........

What does everyone else have in their sewing rooms?

6 comments:

Mereknits said...

The fact that you have a sewing room is amazing. I have a machine and a serger which never get used as I have no place to put them. I would love a room of my own and almost drool thinking about it. Love the color of the walls.
Meredith

Dana said...

My sewing station is an old heavy folding table that I drag out of the garage when I want to sew. Hmmm. Maybe that explains why I don't sew much any more. :-)

I love the colors of your new room!

If i ever do have a dedicated sewing/craft space, I would want one flannel wall for putting up quilt blocks, lots of storage space that can be CLOSED UP (because clutter makes me have the heebie jeebies), and a big pegboard (like in a garage) for hanging tools and notions.

I'd also pay some careful attention to height and ergonomics. One advantage to sewing cabinets is that they are the right height for working without hurting your joints. (Not that you'd ever have a weird accident and hurt your joints...)

Sigh...I can dream....

Book Dragon said...

wall are painted....which by the way look amazing! ;)

and are about the color of me...jealous that you have a sewing room, my stuff is piled up in the garage :(

Alacaeriel said...

The paint job looks fabulous!

In my house, we have two sewing machines and an overlocker/serger all on one table. It is strong enough to hold them all, certainly. Whichever one is in use at the time is front and centre, the other two are back and to the side. This is in a room that I have to go down the single rarely used hallway (5bedroom house, 2 people living in it, accidental purchase, I swear!)

The machines are actually Mum's, but she hasn't been able to climb the stairs in the past few years, so I've been carrying the machine she wants downstairs for her to use, too.

RobinH said...

Wow, that looks awesome!

I'm trying to figure out what to do with my sewing room as well- part of the problem is except for the massive theatrical drape project I haven't really done much sewing since it was set up. Now that's changing-- but in the intervening timeframe, all sorts of other stuff has been jammed into the room.

Hmm. I started to write about this in more detail, but I think I'll put it on my own blog with some photos as the mess has to be seen to be believed.

RobinH said...

Et voila! Extremely messy sewing room revealed for the whole internet to mock on my blog...