This week in the Studio

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This week has been all about getting ready for next week’s Country Living Christmas Fair. Of course I pick the biggest craft fair in Scotland, held at the SECC, to run my first ever craft stall. Trial by fire or what?!? When I first opened my Etsy shop and started selling hats, I dreamt of having a stall, so when my publisher said that I could run a crochet workshop and have a stall at the Glasgow Fair, I was all over it.

And so, these week has been about preparation – some mental, some physical, mostly winding:

  • Dyeing Christmas Trees Pink:  I used this set of trees, soaked them in bleach then left them in a bucket of Dylon for various amounts of time. The idea came from (of course) Pinterest.
  • Making Tassels: Well, Elly made these when she came to stay, but the stall next week is having a pink/blue/craft paper/gold theme, so these will be part of it. I also have gold spray paint and glitter tape on the way. Oh and I HOPE this arrives on time (and even if it doesn’t that’s cool, because I can’t wait to spell out rude festive messages for the house in gold. Oh yes!
  • Packing Kits. I have about 100 packed here, another 200 to do, plus materials for another 100 arriving early next week (please let this be the case!). Kerstin has packed over 100 as well. This is not including the Knit Camp orders that I will be taking to the post office today.
  • Winding, winding, winding: I need 200 little balls of wool for my workshops next week.


DIY: Peg Board

I have been craving a pop of hot pink in my studio for awhile and after I saw this very cute pegboard, I knew that I had to combine the two.

Peg board, or perforated hardboard, is actually, annoyingly difficult to find locally.  After calling all of the local timber merchants and DIY stores, I settled for having to order online from here.  I ordered 2 pieces  - one for my wall and one for a photo backdrop.

The pegboard itself is extremely flimsy and in order to give it space at the back for the pegs and a bit more security, we bought a couple of pine stripboards (roughly 1×2″).

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B&Q cut the strip board to size – 4feet on the long edge and 2feet minus the width of the longer slats to fit inside the frame.  Unfortunately, we got home and realised the small slats were about an inch too long (I hadn’t measured anything before we left, so um, it was totally my fault, not theirs). Fortunately, Kev agreed to help as I am not allowed to use any sharp objects due to a special talent for injuring myself.

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Using the holes as a guide, we screwed the frame into the pegboard. 20130825-IMG_2570 20130825-IMG_2572

Then the family was put to work.  Shortly after Georgia told me “I am an expert at this,” I pointed out they were painting the wrong side.  20130825-IMG_2573

The pegboard is hung using picture wire and a pre-existing nail in the wall.  We rent, so generally try to avoid making holes in the wall. This does mean that I can’t put anything too heavy on it, but it does give me the shock of colour I need and a useful place for my random bits of things I need when watching Breaking Bad and crocheting on my office sofa.

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My favourite bit is most definitely the old knitting needle and hooks that now house my (rather pathetically small) collection of washi tape.

Who needs coffee with this to wake me up when I come in the office, hey?


The New Studio

It was with great excitement that this week I was going to reveal the awesome results of the room swap with the children.  However, due to circumstances out of our control, a mere 2 weeks after the first move, another switch had to happen.  We worked late into the night on Saturday, moving the children down to my old studio and my things up the stairs.

Truth be told, I have found the whole situation rather upsetting, and, without going into details, it was not a change we were wanting to make.

However, a few days in and I can’t help but admit that the new studio space is lovely.  Its at the front, south-facing side of the house, and even with just one window, it lets in a lot of light, particularly in the afternoons. It has also meant a declutter and re-organise of both my yarn and fabric stashes.  Ellis, having learned about the phrase “Silver Linings” recently, reminds me that everything has a one.

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I can’t remember if I have ever talked about my beloved yarn storage system?  Well, I LOVE it.  It is 2 sets of these wire baskets from ikea bolted together (though if I were to buy it again, I would get these , but my shelf is quite old).  I have the wool arranged by weight and what makes them so fabulous is that I can see instantly what is in each section.  They also aren’t so deep that I have to dig for things, causing lots of tangles.  It can look a bit messy, but they could easily be stored under a table or in a cupboard. 
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Plus, I like to see the yarn for my next project peeking out, tempting me to come and play.

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All in, I have to admit that while the circumstances aren’t that great, the space is lovely.