08 June 2007

My Head Is Full of Yarn

So, as I was drifting off to sleep the other night, I noticed that when I closed my eyes, images of beautiful knitting continued to float in front of my mind's eye. This was, no doubt, the result of two full days of playing on Ravelry almost non-stop. Half-way down the road to being asleep as I was, I tried to explain what was going on to Hubbster. Somehow, the most coherent thing I could muster was "My head is full of yarn."

What did Hubbster say?




"I know."





It was as if I'd said, "It's hot in here."

On a related note - you know the random sort of stuff that you think about before you fall asleep that calms down your brain enough to let you drift off? In my family we call them "mental screen-savers." Counting sheep is a mental screen-saver, though a pretty boring one unless you're really into their fleeces or something (which would be only natural, after all). My mental screen-saver lately has been imagining, in lots of detail, my dream knitting room. That is, neither money nor space (or perhaps even physics) are objects to putting together this perfect space. I like to think of all the lovely tools (sewing machine and serger, blocking wires, blocking board, large flat surfaces) that would be there, and the pretty storage solutions (a wall of cedar cubbies, hand-dyed hanks hanging from the ceiling...), and the full-spectrum lamp and comfy armchair...and of course a computer for blogging and browsing and pattern/yarn reference.

I find that most mental screen-savers get boring after a while. Somehow, I think I can revel in this one for quite a long time....

What would your dream knitting room be like?

11 comments:

Eve said...

The beau opened a package for me today that I thought might be anthrax but turned out to be a package from KnitPicks. So he told me he thought he might have AIDS because he was poked by a needle. I gave him a rolly-eyes emoticon and he said, "I thought you liked knitting jokes."

My ideal knitting room would be a room with a television and the internet and lots of yarn. The only difference between my living room and my dream knitting room is that in my dream, my yarn is better organized and all the patterns on my laptop are properly tagged.

annmarie said...

I have 2 versions of a dream fiber room - one for here where I actually live (in Manhattan) and one for a fantasy home in the country. As for the more realistic one, once one of the bedrooms in my apartment becomes empty due to a child moving to her or his own place, I'll install myself quickly enough. I'll have a comfortable armchair and ottoman with a good floor lamp and small table that can accommodate a chart, a jar of crochet hooks and other supplies (so I don't have to stand up and cross the room while hanging on to a dropped stitch). I'll have a small tv for watching movies and a stereo. I'll have the bookcases that hold my patterns and fiber-related books there, a cupboard or armoire for holding the stash and a daybed for peaceful naps. My little dog, who is banned from the 'marriage bed' by my husband, will be allowed to snooze along with me. :) Baskets and more baskets, of course. Wooden venetian blinds to filter the light and an air-conditioner for hot, humid days. Whew! Thanks for asking! I had fun dreaming...:)

Suzanne said...

I like knitting with my peeps!

Let me rephrase.....
A knitting room for me would only be for storage. I like knitting with the rest of the family around, knitting while I cook, tv, whatever. If I had a knitting room it would be only for storage and display. My knitting space is the couch, current projects and beverage nearby, and my ideal storage is a closet for the yarn and books--or a large bookshelf.

I have to say that i have looked at Sheep in the City's yarn space with great joy--hers is bright and inspiring! but I like doing the actual knitting near my buds (spouse, kids, dogs, etc.)

Kris said...

I have the same type of dream room. While I actually like knitting with people around and most likely would have a small work basket near the couch at all times, I would love to have a general crafting room for knitting, spinning and sewing.

ali said...

I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one to think of things like that as I drift off...
It was worse than that last night- full out dreaming of Ravelry- you should've seen the functions it had in my dream... I'm pretty sure they aren't even possible- it was kinda sci-fi... weird... but I woke up pretty amused that I would dream such a thing!
Happy knitting-
ali

KnitNana said...

It's almost bedtime, I have over 400 blog posts on bloglines to read and this is the first one I open! lol
All of this sounds like my dream knitting space, except I'd ban the TV and bring in the stereo - a little classical, a little jazz. A cup of tea (with a warming plate), and The Meezer instead of the dog.

hmm...cedar cubbies? I gotta look for those!
(((hugs)))

Kirsten said...

Thank you for giving me a name for that! I have been using knitting as my "mental screen saver" for a few years now. Like dreaming of your studio, I never get tired of dreaming up new projects.

My ideal craft room would be over my garage. I'm pretty sure there are great views from there that no one gets to see as it is now. I would put in a few dormers (for the view and a bit of head room), a linoleum floor (so I can get really messy with paint and dyes), a big comfy chair to sit and knit and dream, a huge farmhouse table to serve as a desk/work table, lots of cubbies for yarn and fabric and sundries, and my i-pod hooked up to some speakers. Thanks for the dream.

kmkat said...

I've been using knitting as my mental screen saver for over a year, ever since I became A Knitter (as opposed to the lower-case knitter I was before). The only problem is that I don't always remember the great sweater designs I come up with as I'm drifting off.

aija said...

gosh, it'd be a dream to just *have* a room dedicated to knitting! :)

(i know what you mean about ravelry! i've already booked off this weekend for stash pictures... crazy crazy.)

Aidan said...

My knitting room has a television, a computer with good speakers, so I can listen to books on tape, comfy seats -- I'm partial to recliners -- with good lighting and tables on both sides -- one for my tea tray and one for patterns, stitch markers, etc. From the window I can see the sheep and chickens -- I will need fresh eggs for my tea cakes -- and in the summer it is air conditioned to 66 degrees, and in the winter the fire keeps me warm. In the spring I can have the window open, and the bleating of the new lambs waft in on the breeze. There is a super thick oriental on the floor -- large, large, large, so I don't have to wear shoes. And behind the paneling are hidey-holes for secret stash.

I haven't thought about this at all!

Debi said...

Um, you pretty much just described it :)