if you can't control your medical assistant, at least you can control your knitting needles. also, warning: smug zone ahead.
yes, i am smug. smuggy smug smug smug. why? because i have all of my craft supplies, except for the one project beside me right now, in my actual craft room. i know! the only thing left to do in that room is put down a new linoleum floor, but that will wait a while. it is completely functional. like, scary functional.
but i do not know why my photos are sideways. we shall deal.
this is the busy part of the room from the doorway. on my left is a trash can, tall and hands-free, because this is the room where the cats eat and i like to throw away the cans right.now.
beside that is the first of two dressers on that wall. this dresser has four drawers, which contain, respectively, sport, dk, worsted, and aran yarns. i even used a ptouch label maker to label each drawer. and when steven and i organized and inventoried my yarn a few weeks ago, we sorted all the yarn (according to ravelry's weight categories) and i destashed anything that wouldn't fit in the right drawer (except for a few sweater quantities, which fit in the next dresser over). this was very exciting. for me. probably not so exciting for anyone else.
here's an even better view of those two dressers.
the silver bento box on top has one compartment of buttons and other fasteners, one of beads, one of beading supplies, and one free. i forget what's in the other compartment. but i am sooo smug to have all those things in one place. (crap, i just remembered that i forgot to give steven some graph paper today. sorry, sweetie! come by later if you want some.)
the plastic tub beside the bento box is a few projects waiting to be blocked or to have buttons added. i will ask youvonne to do some of that for me because i am teh suck at that sort of thing. smug i am about organizing; humble i am about finishing.
let's get back to the smug part. that is infinitely more fun for me. on top of the wider dresser (whose drawers have those extra sweater lots plus bulky and superbulky yarn plus one drawer of gift-wrapping supplies) are all my knitting books and magazines. all of them. all alphabetized by author (or, in the case of magazines, by title, then by season and year). i spent four hours this morning organizing my needles (on which more in a moment) and alphabetizing the books.
did i mention smug?
ah, the needles. the needles now hang from the baker's rack that you can see in that first photo.
reminder: things are vertical in our house, despite what the photos might indicate.
so all the needles are hanging from that second shelf, by diameter. every diameter has its own hook. i have lots of the original packages, so they're hanging in those like they would in a shop, but i don't have *all* the original packages, so some are doubled up.
they like it like that.
the bins and hat boxes have all the rest of my supplies, organized by the awesome cindy, from the organizing service that's been coaching me through all this. she spent four hours with me on friday helping me get all this done. at the end of it all, she carried away loads of trash and goodwill donations, and today i took another huge load (that's 11 loads, each at least 11 gallons) of knitting stuff to the shop.
where the piranhas devoured nearly all of it within about five minutes.
it was awesome.
there are two more views, less exciting but no less important.
and yes, beneath the table is the litter box. rendering the sewing machine NOT ready to use. the plan is to move the litter box into the closet you see there, with a little cat door. right now, all the cat food, toys, and litter are in that closet, but andrew will build me some shelves to hold that and then the litter box can go in the closet on the floor.
then i can sew.
i'm sure that's all it will take.
and then the third dresser. really the first dresser, but i went clockwise in my tour today instead of counterclockwise. don't be confused.
this dresser has my swift in the top drawer (to be set up on the table beside the sewing machine some time soon). second drawer are needle sets (one addi click, one hiyahiya) and a set of crochet needles, all three in cases. then the big drawers have lace, light fingering, and fingering.
except socks that rock. my socks that rock have their own drawer in the wide dresser on the other side of the room. i forgot about that.
i'm a little embarrassed about that. but mostly happy.
the floor, you'll notice, is midcentury linoleum spattered with plaster and paint. i can live with that for a while. the baseboards and window trim reflect our silly attempt to strip away a century of paint.
it didn't work.
i don't care.
the smug outweighs any concern about paint.