Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My new hobby almost killed me


Well maybe not killed, but if I had fallen down the stairs, after I got tangled in a ball of yarn, I would have probably broken a bone. I didn't know knitting could be so dangerous. See reenactment above.

It's been a very busy couple of weeks. I'm working on a new project, trying to get my etsy shop set up again, and our garage is being turned into a screen printing workshop for my husband. I can't believe it's been 10 days since my last post!

Back to my hazardous hobby. After my near death experience, because of a ball of yarn, I decided to get a fraction more organized. I picked up a very cute 50's suitcase at Stepback - they have heaps. Now I've got all my yarn, needles, scissors, crochet hooks, etc., in one spot. I feel very grown up. Any other ideas, knitters, as to how to store knitting accessories?

 Bad storage of yarn.

Better storage of yarn. Cuter too.

Now I'd like to get all my dvds of images all sorted out. I have hundreds of them.  I would love to have these drawers that I saw at Stepback as well, in my office. So much better than how I currently store them.

 These dvds (left), would be better off stored in these drawers....and they'd look great in my office.

Finally had my old chair reupholstered. It's in a very happy blue fabric from Maharam . It looks perfect in our living/dining room area, sitting beside the china cabinet and a painting by my husband, Rob.

Before, ratty gold. After, happy blue.


On the knitting theme, I spotted this festooned stop sign near my gym (which I hardly ever visit). I've heard about "urban knitting" before, but I've never seen it in person. I love how someone decided that the stop sign should have a little scarf, went home, made one, came back and wrapped it around the stop sign.

30 comments:

Chemin des Muguets said...

Good luck with the new hobby, and stay safe. I am in awe of anyone who can knit. I have tried numerous times. Just can't get the hang of it.

Marjorie

P.S. Have you seen any of the press on David Bromley's new book?

Gigi said...

I love this post! Love the Stop scarf and your reenactment of the almost-disaster. And your yarn looks mighty happy in that suitcase. I keep mine in a huge old copper candy-making bowl, which looks great, but it can be hard to find stuff down at the bottom! My vintage suitcases house music CDs and art supplies. My knitting needles hang out in a pretty old roseville vase that I inherited from my grandmother.

Oh, that happy blue is perfect on your chair next to your husband's painting.

Thanks for all the inspiration. xo Gigi

tamara said...

I love the chair & I love that you knit - I'm jealous. Maybe we can have a lesson one day - that would be interesting!! xx

koralee said...

You lucky girl...you can knit! Can't wait to see what treasures you have in your etsy shop. I love the fact that someone would knit something for a stop sign!!!! Off to check out the link for the suitcases...oh happy day. xo

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i just started knitting too...guess i better be careful :-)

love those little suitcases for the yarn...

working on a blanket i am making for my new puppy..it is a really nice white organic cotton yarn and doing the seed stitch....learned it off YOU TUBE. it's just knit and purl....and I hope Teddy doesn't mind..it is loaded with mistakes.....

but it's from the heart....

i'll be watching your knitting too...can't wait to see what you are doing....

more soon,
kary
xxx

Dragonfly said...

I recently had a near death experience with string in my garage/warehouse!! Scary stuff!
Good news you are getting organised - its such a nice feeling when its done!
Keep up the good work :-)
Cheers, Karen

Courtney said...

You've been busy, busy, busy! I absolutely love your new knitting suitcase. Very clever, and so stylish. I think you need to get the drawers. They're beautiful!

Heather said...

I bet YOU made that STOP scarf! Fess up!

kate / tinywarbler said...

the chair- it made it's way home! it looks great. and watch our for those pesky rogue balls of yarn.....they're not to be trusted.

deanna said...

Did you make it in the gym, Janis? ;)

Vintage Simple said...

STOP IT RIGHT NOW!! I love that little scarf wrapped around the stop sign...! Just adore it. And I'm glad to see you've survived your new hobby so far - hope to see some of your creations here soon.

xo,
-maria

ps: love the drawers (my vote is a resounding yes) and the blue chair looks fantastic, dear.

PinkPanthress said...

A suitcase? -That is a strange yet interesting method to store your knitting supplies!

The urban knitting is funny, I once saw a street sign or something on the internet that was knit over the real sign...

Also love the after picture of the chair, the bondi/azure colour gives it so much more of an inviting feeling!

Oh, and about storing the knitting yarn!
I always start by 'unjoining' the full lengths of yarn, then make a (not to too tight) ball out of it... Afterwards it is only a 3'rd or 4'th of its former size.

Amanda said...

Hi Janis, This post is such a lovely introduction to your blog! I love your reanactment, and think the old suitcase is a fabulous solution to your knitting wool woes. Certainly, great eclectic storage pieces is something that Sibella has mastered. My 10 year old and I went on the town last year to join a group of 'graffiti knitters'. It was such fun. We knitted hearts all over a wire fence surrounding a demolition site - to pretty it up a little. Thanks for visiting my blog! Amanda

Pooch Morning Glory said...

hi janis
i love the stop scarf. brilliant.
i just started knitting. bought some sweet bamboo needles, big ones like 7mm. my bag tipped over and i tripped over them next to my chair, tangled in the yarn and almost fell too. it was a bit funny....
you, and some of these other bloggers offer some neat solutions to this dilemma.
thx
~laura

Vanessa said...

Just checked out Stepback's site - what great vintage finds. Your chair looks great and I didn't know that your hubby was a painter. Lot's of talent in the house!

Kitty M said...

Urban knitting! That is genius I'd never heard of that before - we have a book about guerilla gardening ... maybe somebody should start up guerilla knitting for the greater good and happiness of the world too :-)

Slumber Designs said...

Girl, I'm lovin' your blog too!! Funny, it reminds me a little like mine ;-) I'm suprised too how i haven't seen your blog before. I thought I found all the good ones already... guess not!

paula said...

ha! i would love to know how to knit. Love the chair too.

Trish said...

What a great post! I am loving the yarn storage in the valise - practical and totally cute! Found you via Slumber Designs, great blog!

mise said...

The chair is lovely, and the reenactment too terrifying to watch, were it not for those lovely shoes (slippers?).

Heather Cameron said...

lets be honest dear friend, anything is a wee bit of a danger for you. Not that I'm saying your are are clumsy..or am I? hee hee.
I love those urban knitters - I'd forgotten about them till you posted this.

arvi said...

might I suggest a read - THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB by Kate Jacobs (pub. 2007), an engaging, moving story about friends brought together by a love for needles and yarn, set in NYC. Though it brought me to tears it is a warm and cozy read...even for a big guy.

flo said...

I love all the box in wood... I think it would be a surprise to open them and discover things we have forget in... It would be "Christmas" all the year... (I'm not very organised)

The Zhush said...

Ha! Have never heard of Urban knitting...that was crazy good, will be on the look out now! I don't knit, but after seeing that adorable suitcase, I am wondering if I should take it up, just to justify getting one! And, that chair is amazing!

Pooch Morning Glory said...

hi janis

jesse cook does fall at your feet, which is a crowded house tune.
i posted a cool version in a link at the end of my post

cheers
~laura

sarah, flourish design + style said...

I need to learn to knit.. love your new storage and your chair, AND that someone was too sweet to give the stop sign a scarf! Stay safe ;) xoxo

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

Your post made me laugh, but with all seriousness, do be careful. I'm quite a clutz myself, and I know noone ever believes that doorframes hop out in front of you and that balls of yarn tangle themselves in your feet when you least expect it. But they do!

I love your new yarn storage - it is VERY cute in the suitcase. And that bright blue chair is glorious! I have two chairs off being reupholstered right now and I can't wait to get them back, all freshened up in happy red.

Lori said...

I love the reenactment! My mom was here this past weekend, who is a knitter and she started a new project and now I'm almost convinced to try and start learning. :-) But now that I know it's such a dangerous hobby, I might have to rethink! ;-)

I love your chair redone! Its so nice, I love the color.

Sereknitty said...

I'm new to your blog and wanted to say how lovely it is! Your photos are gorgeous! As an obsessed knitter myself, may I offer two suggestions for storage? I store the yarn for my current project in decorative basket or hat box beside my chair, but I always store my 'stash' yarn in a plastic 'rubbermaid' sealed type container in my craft room, (well, actually 12 containers ... yup!) so I can see what's inside, plus, it protects the yarn from moisture, unwanted smells, dog/cat hair etc. Secondly, all of my long, straight needles are stored in a decorative round, wine bottle gift box. They fit perfectly and have a lid on the top. If I put the points down, then all the numbers are on the top and I just reach in and grab!

c and d said...

gorgeous photos as usual..and i don't want to sound mean, but this made me laugh out loud!! you are hilarious and i'm glad you're ok. it's just that this is something i would do too!!