My crochet room is my Fortress of Solitude.
But unlike Superman’s it is warm, colourful and full of yarn.
When I close the door I can imagine that everything else is that little step further away from me.
With the added stress of my recent foot surgery, I have been hiding there a bit more than normal recently.
I thought I’d share with you what’s in my little sanctuary. I hope we can give each other some ideas and inspiration for making the best of our crafting areas!
My Crochet Room
My crochet room is my favorite place to leaf through crochet books, read up on techniques and most importantly get creative.
It’s somewhere I can shut myself away and grab a few minutes to myself. But most importantly, it’s comfortable and it’s calm, giving me that breathing room I need to feel inspired.
My Dressmakers Dummy
Say hello to Emma, my dressmaker’s dummy! Named by my daughter, for reasons unknown.
This dummy is so helpful if you like designing clothes or fashion accessories.
Not only does it help me to get an eye for what these designs look like at a human scale, but they allow me to calculate sizes. It’s also great for getting nice clear crochet photos!
A few years ago, my crochet bookshelf consisted of a couple of volumes stuck under my desk.
But this has expanded a lot over the months, and now takes pride of place.
I simply adore crochet books.
Being a firm believer that even the highest expert has something to learn, I pour over even the most basic designs sometimes.
Looking at the details, admiring the photos.
You can find out all about the fabulous volumes that sit on my crochet bookshelf in this article.
There are some great recommendations in here for crocheters of every style and level.
It sounds silly, right? But having a white desk is very helpful when you are crocheting something using a dark color or tight stitches.
The contrast really helps your eyes to focus in on the individual strands and hook through more effectively.
In addition to this, a white desk makes a great backdrop for photographing your work.
Taking photographs of my crochet comes close to being as important as how the design turned out itself.
If you get good pictures, people want to learn more. If your pictures don’t do the product justice, then they just won’t be interested.
Something that’s recently made a big difference to the ease of photographing my work is a giant, bright lamp.
The newest addition to my crochet room is a very powerful photographic lamp.
It’s easy to pop up and down, and stands on a tripod pointing at my desk when it’s in use.
Photographing your crochet is a big deal when you blog your patterns.
This monstrosity might remove the tranquil nature of the room when it is up, but it makes a huge difference to the shots I bring up on my computer afterwards.
My furry little boy is also a particular fan of how warm it is!
The downside of the white desk? It renders Oscar’s white chin invisible.
Super Comfy Chair!
The nursing chair I bought when my little girl was a tiny girl is now a permanent fixture in this room.
It is incredibly comfortable, and a great place to relax when I am crocheting something complicated.
It’s also my daughter’s favorite spot, when she sneaks her way in. Rocking back and forth when I’m working on photos at the desk.
Yarn, Yarn Everywhere
My house is full of yarn. But my very slightly more organised yarn shelves, cupboards, boxes and chests are in my little crochet room.
These are the ones that look neat enough to warrant a photo:
Every now and again I organise the rest of them back into some semblance of order too.
But as you can imagine, I pick through them a lot, thus ensuring they are usually in balls of disarray.
I occasionally wonder whether I should be cataloguing the yarns I have, but I have managed so far not to duplicate anything accidentally when I go wool shopping!
I have a ridiculous number of ways of storing my yarn. From cute shelves that are a bit too small for the balls, to IKEA cupboards and colourful boxes.
My new and part-used wool is mostly stacked in a way that allows me to easily access it and find what I need.
I’ve got various smaller containers too, which hold all the various crochet kit I frequently use. And some items which I have yet to find a use for, but just had to have. You know, just in case!
From a fountain of hooks, to a pot of safety eyes and a random box full of zippers that I am sure I had a good reason to order once upon a time.
I love this room because it has pretty much everything I need to get creative and to feel inspired. But I also love it simply because it’s mine.
I’d love to hear about your crafting room, area or zone in your home. Why not share your thoughts in the comments section here!
Happy Crocheting! Lucy Kate, x