Thursday, May 6, 2010

Welcome to KnitSpinFelt's crafting space!

PolETSY: What kinds of crafts do you do?
KnitSpinFelt: I hand knit lacy scarves, shawls and stoles, spin yarn on my antique spinning wheel, and recently started to felt and dye wool fibre.

Where do you craft?
Mostly at home. I transformed a spare bedroom, in the loft of my rented house, into a crafting corner, albeit I am known to knit in all sorts of places: in the garden, visiting friends, on a bus, car etc. Dying and felting, however, require a proper work space, such as house kitchen, with easy to clean surfaces, sink and a good waterproof apron! 

What in your craft space (if anything) inspires you?
I think the colours and textures of yarn and/or roving waiting to be turned into a yarn (or felt). I love my silk braids and I have them on display in a bowl. Whenever I struggle for inspiration I find it in my craft books and zines. I love flicking through them, studying photos, charts and material used. There's also the internet, with millions of blogs, videos and tutorials. And of course, for each knitter, crocheter, Ravelry is a place to be. It's like a bottomless treasure chest!

What kind of materials, tools you use most often? How do you store them?
I work with fibre. It can be a raw wool fleece, straight from the back of sheep, or combed and ready-to-go natural fibre. I also work with all sorts of commercial yarn, of which I love trying out new ones.

Basically, the type of material depends on the craft. My favourite spinning material is natural wool (BFL, merino, corriedalle, alpaca). But I also use silk fibres, tencel, bamboo, cotton or seacell. I store them either in plastic boxes or in a laundry basket. Dyes and felting needles live in another box underneath the double bed in my craft room/guest bedroom.
For knitting I use yarn, of which I have a huge stash, albeit I have seen bigger ones! I keep the skeins and small balls of yarn on shelves, cones lives in a wooden box and scraps are stored in a plastic box. Knitting needles of all sorts, spinning spindles, beads, ribbons, buttons and a small selection of crochet hooks, have recently moved to plastic drawers and empty Pringle’s tubes.

How do you organize your workspace? 
I don’t think I do. It kind of organizes itself ;) I do not require a large workspace for knitting and spinning. I just grab my needles and yarn and sit on any vacant sit at home, or in the garden on a sunny day. Same with a spinning wheel. I just park it next to a comfortable chair with a good back support and spin along! 

With felting I try to divide the work surface into DRY and WET area. I keep the fibre rovings and yarn in the dry area (usually the floor on my left hand side) and work on the design on my kitchen work surface, which can easily be wiped out when it gets too wet. I try to cover the rest of the kitchen units with a waterproof fabric before I flood everything around and serve lunch with a big woolly fluff as an aperitif ;)

Do you have any organization tip/tool/tricks that can help others improve their workspace?
Empty crisp boxes/tubes make a great storage place for knitting needles, pens, brushes etc. 
Keep the tools you se most often in easy to reach, always on site position. 
Rearrange your craft space as often as required, until you find an arrangement that works best for you. Then, try to keep it clutter free and spend few minutes every day tidying your work space. 

What is your one favourite thing in your craft room?
At the moment the big bowl of silk standing on the wooden box. And the recently felted flowers I am slowly becoming addicted to.

If you could change one thing in your craft room what would it be?
If I could I would gladly get rid of the double bed and replace it with a proper desk and workbench with a sink. Not sure the guest would have approved on my modifications to their bedroom though!
Thanks for having us KnitSpinFelt!

Next time you’re cordially invited to FeltFieltroFilc’s crafting space…


  1. I wish I was so well organized... In my wrkshop the only thing that organises itself is a mess

  2. Thank you for getting to know you better :) Excellent blog :)

  3. Your workspace is appealing like a secret garden... I think I would take in spinning there ;)
    Many thanks for sharing!

  4. You've got a very nice craft room :)

  5. so tidy and organised! thanks for sharing:)

  6. You have so fantastic place there!

  7. I always thought that I could work only at my home and space, where threads and sticky cards remind me ideas and projects.
    Now, I know that I could find the same climate at you. Thank you for opening the window :)

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