Thursday, March 19, 2015

Creating My Knitting Studio Part Two

I'm making great progress on my studio!  This past week, my husband and I and finished painting the walls and pulled up the carpet to reveal the lovely hardwood floor underneath.  

Nice, right?  Below is the before....

 We brought in a china cabinet that will hold my yarn stash.  This actually belongs to my daughter, who just moved out.  She left it at home as she lives in a 3 story walk up and we weren't about to carry it up three flights of stairs!  She will retrieve it when she moves to a larger place or someplace with an elevator!

She bought this with her own money when she was in high school.  We found it at a thrift store for $80.00.  She just loved it but was concerned about the cost.  I reminded her that she would have it her whole life and it was a good investment.  She agreed.  

A simple white bookcase was next.  We have had this since 1994ish which was 3 houses ago.  We are in our 6th house, so it has seen many rooms!   A fraction of my bins of endless yarn start to stack up!  

After I pulled out the yarn I loved, liked and would use, this was left.  I sorted them by color and will be selling them by the bag in my Etsy shop after the studio is finished.  

TONS of yarny goodness.  Pom Pom, worsted, lace, sock, eyelash, fun fur, DK, wool, cotton, acrylic and "yummy" yarns.  Some full skeins, some balls and some partial skeins, great for making a "magic ball".  The yellow/orange box even has a completed shawlette in it!  

After I take photos, bag and weigh them, I'll let you know when they are ready for sale.

A linen tablecloth, which still needs to be ironed, goes up in the closet.  Two sliding doors were there, but they are so useless!  Only a man would invent something like that.

I put up a tension curtain rod and some hooks that you pinch to open.  You then place the fabric in and it closes over the fabric like teeth.

Some of the yarn goes in the cabinet.  It's hard to see, but there are glass shelves and doors.  The doors also have a mesh like chicken wire in front of the glass as to keep the dust out of the cabinet.

Inside, on the bottom shelf are clear containers that hold yarn balls.  These are actually bread containers I found at a thrift store for $2.00 each.  They are intended to hold bread that was baked in a bread machine and are expandable.....

 More clear plastic bins.  This is on the white bookshelf.  Again, a thrift store find for $.39!  And a small tray I bought years ago in my moms hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland, to hold bits and bobs.

A little, 3 drawer, plastic thingy for buttons, blocking pins and some ribbons.  On top, a cupcake pin cushion and a hand felted polar bear pin cushion from my bestie!

A few blank journals, a cracked, but much loved, glass that reads Iowa and hold crochet hooks.  A painting from my bestie Melinda, yarn bowl and a ceramic olive server from my sis-in-law.

A lovely, black ceramic container, a velvet painting I did as a child, goldish Oklahoma cigarette tin, rose tin and a Chimes candy tin.  I do love little tins!

An old glass pill jar for small rubber bands that I use for little yarn balls to keep the tail in check.  A crystal shot glass to hold hair barrettes for the same reason.  Also, another $2.00 thrift store find to keep all my reading glasses.

I love this plastic clam shell.  Again, from a thrift store for $3.00.

I'm not exactly sure what this was made for, but I love it!

Well, I've got to get off this computer and get busy on getting more things moved in to my new room.  I'd love to know what you think so far and what tips you have for organizing all your yarny goodness!


Think out of the box when you see something you adore, especially if you shop at second hand or thrift stores.  Like the bread containers....what is it?  What else can it be used for?  Look around your house too!  Like the shot glass and olive can I repurpose this or that.


  1. You are so lucky! A whole knitting studio! Maybe one day my yarn can come out of their plastic crates in the cupboards and be beautifully displayed like that. And I love the polar bear - too cute!

  2. I love all the thrift store finds you are using to store your bits and bobs. It makes the whole space so very interesting. I'd love to see the seating that you move in to your work space.

  3. You have created such a lovely, warm studio. I love the china cabinet - it's beautiful. I'm sure you will enjoy creating in this new space.

  4. Oh, I would love to have a knitting studio someday! Yours is coming beautifully! Can't wait for FO pictures :)


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