Recently, I've seen a few pictures on blogs of knitters in their natural environments. I always study these pictures with interest to see where people like to knit (sofa, chair, backyard), who's around them (pets, kids, spouse), what sort of supplies they have nearby (books, music, tea). I think we all have our favorite knitting places, in addition to all those places we knit because we're there, and we'd rather knit than not.
This is my knitting spot. See that little, squashed corner on the left with the knitting in it? That's my spot. With 200 pounds of lazy dog in the house, you learn to take what you can get. Although you can't see it in the picture, there is an ottoman for my feet, since I like to sit with my legs stretched out in front of me, and on the left side there is an oversized, antique trunk, topped with glass, that holds my books, magazines, knitting tools, mug, snacks, and project baskets. There is a lamp that casts light over my right shoulder, as I prefer. Here, look:
I love my knitting spot. I love it so much that it is also my reading spot, my tv watching spot, and my dining spot. It is my internet spot and my reading to kids spot and my talking on the phone spot. My husband calls it my "butt groove"--which is fair, I suppose, since there is a permanent indentation where I like to sit. I've been sitting here for more than seven years now, ever since we bought the family room furniture. This furniture has been through a lot: babies and puppies and illnesses and spills and crumbs and forts and jumping and napping and a whole lot of other things I won't mention. And it's held up really well. I deliberately bought good furniture at a time when that was a stretch, financially, because this is where we live, and I wanted it to be comfortable and durable and last a long time.
But my favorite spot has become a little ragged lately. There are threadbare spots, and stains I can't seem to get rid of, and the fringe has been snagged by puppy claws and teeth. It is bad enough that, last night, my husband insisted that I take care of it, or he will. "I don't care what it costs," he said. So, people, I took him at his word.
Today I went to a little upholstery shop that I happen to know makes slipcovers (because I've wanted to have slipcovers made for this furniture for a couple of years, but it's always been too expensive), and I ordered custom, fitted, machine-washable and -dryable slipcovers. Never fear--the existing covers zip off, except for on the body of the sofa, so there won't be ugly old fabric underneath. See the pretty fabric? (Am I the only one who didn't know how expensive upholstery fabric is?)
It is a cotton-blend, damask-like fabric in pale yellow, with a white leaf-and-vine woven pattern. The info tag says" "RATED HEAVY DUTY". I'm counting on it. I'm having it pre-washed and dried so that it will do all its shrinking before it becomes slipcovers for my favorite spot, and in the future, it will be easy for me to take off the covers and throw them in the washer and dryer. This is important when you share your furniture with dogs and kids.
I am really excited about my favorite spot makeover, so I decided to celebrate with a contest. Tell me about your favorite knitting spot in the comments, or--better yet--blog about your favorite spot and let me know in the comments that you've done so, and I'll enter you in a random drawing for one of these colorful sock yarns. Sorry, no handpainted lovelies here. They're strictly commercial, self-patterning yarns, but hey--they're free! I have a lot of them, and, truth be told, I just don't like knitting socks all that much. So in a week or so, I'll draw a name, or two, or three, and send them to the lucky winners.
Everyone clear? Okay, ready...set...go!