Claudia started it...'What's on your desk?' and then Cassie showed her desk yesterday. Well, I thought you'd get a laugh outta my desk. I threw Clapotis on top just to keep this knitting related and becuase they both had knitting to show. (Claudia raised the bar by including good chocolate!) I had to finish up a bunch of paperwork to even have room for the 'little splash'. Do you see my Strawberry iMac? I love that machine but it is in sore need of an update. And can you see the Knitting Calendar on the left and the postcard I got from Nathania, while she was visiting Italy, hanging from the self on the right? And Cassie, the book shelf has loads of books on samplers. The pictures above are the first two pieces of silk and metal needlepoint I did after a class at an ANG seminar.
The room my desk resides in at home is a combo of stasharia/guest room/studio/junque room/library. It is wall to wall bookcases, boxes, baskets and bags. The closet is stuffed...incredibly stuffed with needlework. BUT, it is organized. Would you call it organized if I can put my hands on any thread, fabric, book or yarn within a minute or so? It's that organized chaos thing at work.
To prove there is some organization in this chaotic place....I keep a journal of my knitting pursuits. The blue book holds lists of my stash, WIPs and FO's. Each month I write down what project's are started with the beginning date. If it isn't finished in that month it moves to the next until I can place a star and end date beside it. I have tracked a year plus of my knitting in this fashion. It keeps (some) projects from falling by the wayside. In that same book I keep charts for the projects (if needed) and any tips that would be useful. It also houses a complete list of my stash.
The little black book with sock pictures on the cover is something I just started. It holds favorite sock patterns with tips (like Beate’s heel-see October 14th). Any sock that I will make again will be housed in this book for quick reference. The last black book with Salt Lake City on the cover is a 2005 Calendar. My new thing for 2005 is to keep track of the amount of time I knit an item. This way I can go back and estimate how many hours a sweater, sock or shawl took to knit. It will be a diary of sorts for my knitting with added notes on the weather for that day. (I love weather like Sandy does.) All these books sit beside me on the futon where I knit each morning and evening, looking out my window at the dark of night. I am so looking forward to the Winter Solstice!