Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I Hate Moving!

Or at least the packing part. The only good thing is thinking about the temporary weaving space that I'll be using in the new house.

In our current house, my tools and supplies are scattered all over the house. Sewing area with miscellaneous craft stuff overflowing the closet, a big cutting table that rests on two small dressers (for storage), plus a sewing desk and ironing board in a spare bedroom. AVL loom in the living room, Glimakra 8-shaft loom in an alcove in the upstairs hallway, dye supplies in upstairs hall bathroom cupboards and on shelves in the garage, yarn (for the past 11 months, at least) in numbered bins in the garage. I'm really tired of saying to DH "I need to get into bin 13" because bin 13 always manages to be at the bottom of a pile of 7 bins or boxes. I'm talking about the 18x30-inch bins with either flip-open lids or clip-on lids. Filled with mill-size cones, they weigh a ton each!

In the new house (which I won't say too much about because we're not quite in escrow yet), the area I'll be using as a temporary studio is a 4th bedroom that's actually a studio apartment, with a living space that's 20 by 16 sq ft, a large walk-in closet, a small closet with a stacked washer & dryer, a bathroom, and a kitchenette with sink, range, and frig.

I've been working on a floor plan drawn to scale, making sure everything fits. It'll be heaven to have everything in one space! What luxury...

After the chaos of moving dies down, we'll work with a builder to plan a separate structure for joint studio space: woodworking area for DH, shared 3/4 bathroom (sink, toilet, shower), and weaving/dyeing studio for me. We were thinking that 1000 sq ft was a reasonable amount of room, but a good friend who is both a building contracor and a hobby woodworker said "heck, it doesn't cost much more to build a little bigger - go for 1200 to 1600 sq ft. You won't be sorry."

The property has room for that size of workshop, but it'll probably take a while to get plans and permits, and then actually construct the beast. In the meantime, I've got the studio apartment and DH has 1-car's-worth of a 3-car garage.

All my dye supplies are packed, the Glimakra will be disassembled soon, and the AVL will be as soon as I've been able to weave off the remainder of the last Wood Series scarves. I've saved aside a few small knitting projects, and some scarves whose fringes need finishing, to have some handwork to do once the packing is done.

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

Since you're planning a separate studio space, check out this fiber artist's blog entirely about the progress on her studio. It's the studio of MY dreams, for sure!