Stuck in Class

January 27, 2014 in Just News

I'm stuck working on my Pinterest class this week but ready to get back to designing | Riotofdaisies.com

My new class started today!  I’m excited but still so overwhelmed.  I was really hoping to get back to designing this week but it looks like I’ll be fairly busy until the weekend.  Then it’s just you and me, hooks!  I’ve been dreaming up more ideas for my upcoming Prancer the Unicorn pattern.  I’m convinced that I need some variegated rainbow yarn.  I’m also thinking about adding some optional wings and a saddle to the pattern but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself.  I can’t wait to get back to it!  A month without designing is too long.

Send Yarn and Tea

January 20, 2014 in Just News

Send Yarn and Tea | RiotofDaisies.com

A week from today I’m going to start teaching my first online class. It’ll be a huge relief to have the bulk of the work of creating the class behind me, but more importantly I’m really looking forward to getting back to my yarn.  I’m so tired right now. All I want to do is curl up on the couch with a hook and some yarn and watch period dramas.  Until then, I will be drinking lots of strong black tea.

What are you all working on?  I hope the new year is being less busy for you.

Dream Craft Room

December 2, 2013 in Just News

In the middle of October we moved to a new apartment to be closer to my boyfriend’s job.  While the new place is “nicer” it isn’t laid out the same and the end result was that I lost my studio space.  We’re still working on revamping our office to accommodate two people but in the meanwhile I put together my “Dream Craft Room” Pinterest Board.

dreamcraftroom

 

 #1  A Classy Place to Craft

Whenever I’m actually crocheting or knitting I always end up on the living room sofa because it’s so much more comfortable than sitting at a desk for hours.  I would adore this chaise lounge covered in soft pillows.  I love the geometric designs of the square pillows and the texture of the round pillow.  I also feel like I can never have enough light, especially when I’m designing in a dark colored yarn so the arc lamp would be perfect to position right over my comfy crafting area.  The rug is 100% wool, so very warm and cozy.

#2 Deck the Walls

My dream craft room would be filled with inspiring yarn-related art like these posters.  I have a secret passion for paintable wallpaper so I’d have to do at least one wall with this fabulous curvy wallpaper, and then, because I live in the awesome state of Washington, paint it Mt. Rainier Grey.  Lately I’ve been really crushing on neutral greys with undertones that shift throughout the day and this paint is no exception.  Also, who doesn’t love a shiny chandelier?  I’d love to dangle this diminutive beauty over a long work table.  Just because you’re working hard doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a bit of eye candy!

#3 Room to Work

Lastly, I’d love a ton of storage and multiple work surfaces. I really like the look of an island in the middle of a craft room plus the practicality of being able to work around any project in 360 degrees.  Ikea has a ton of great options for picking your own table tops and bases/legs so it’s easy to find a table that’s just the right size.  We already purchased the Linnmon table top for our current office, but we’re buying adjustable legs for it so we can change the height to make it more versatile but I love the idea of extra drawers.  The open shelving on the Ulrik base would give me a place to keep tools in easy reach but out of the way.

The rug is an indoor/outdoor low pile rug that’s so pretty but that I think could stand up to having the glitter beaten out of it every now and then.  I think the most important thing in a craft room is good lighting though.  I love the pop of color from the West Elm task lamp but I also love the torchier lamp with the extra angled lights.  I’m also a huge fan of the Expedit shelves from Ikea.  We already have one in their dark brown for our office, but can you imagine this white one stuffed to the hilt with yarn?  They make clear plastic bins that I think would be perfect for the job.

If you totted it all up, my dream craft room would probably cost more than your average kitchen renovation so I’m not going to tell you how much all this fabulous stuff costs.  Unfortunately, while we’re stuck renting apartments this craft room is just theoretical but it’s so much fun to dream!  So, readers, what does your dream craft room have in it?