I’m only a few weeks into crocheting and I already have a yarn problem. Many of you warned me about this, but I knew it was coming. It was a foregone conclusion. I felt drawn to yarn even before I had a good excuse to buy it. Now that I have an excuse, well…I need to troll the yarn aisles at the craft store to see if anything calls my name. I am trying to only buy yarn for specific projects or to test out for specific projects, but it’s still filling a basket and already a bit of a jumble.
So, I’ve decided it’s time to move forward on an idea I’ve had for a while…building a shelf under the window behind my “guest chair.” It’s the perfect stretch of wall for a narrow, built-in shelf that will be ideal for storing yarn and books.
Here is a rough sketch I made almost a year ago of the shelf. I was originally planning to build shelves on both sides, but I ended up moving my desk where the left-hand bookcase is drawn.
As I was organizing my studio, I set aside crochet and fabric books to keep on the new shelf, so the large cabinet will exclusively house art resource books.
I sketched out detailed plans and made a cut list to take to the local hardware store, so I can get this project underway. It’ll be a pretty simple build and I’ll share the plans, cut list and instructions for those who are interested in building something similar.
Once that’s built, I need to schedule some time to prime and repaint my studio floors. When I shuffled the furniture last January, there was a large unpainted spot where the hardware cabinet used to be under the window.
And the entire floor could use a refresh. It’ll put the studio out of commission for a week or two, though, so I need to try to time it well.
I am so, so glad to have a shoulder that’s on the mend now! There are so many projects, like painting the floor, that just haven’t been possible for me and now I can see them on the horizon…