Saturday, September 15, 2007

Today (aka the Day I didn't see the Yarn Harlot)

While I sit here waiting to hear what a fabulous time was had by all those who were fortunate to see the Yarn Harlot today, I thought I'd follow up on a post at Yarnhog's site regarding our knitting spots.


I definitely do have a knitting spot... it's actually more like a life spot because I try as hard as I can to do as much as possible from this spot. So I not only knit here, I also read, watch TV, teach, sometimes eat, and do just about anything else that can be done sitting down here. Nobody else sits here. It is my spot... and although I sadly seem to evoke very little fear in my children, they are always quick to jump up if they happen to be sitting in my spot when I enter the room.

Now I warn you... it is not a glamorous spot. We live in a small, and therefore, very cluttered house. But this is my little sanctuary.


In order to be as true to reality as possible, I have allowed myself to be photographed at my most comfortable best. For extra comfort, my seat reclines and my laptop sits at my fingertips for the many internet emergencies that come up during the day. It is my laptop's spot. Nobody sits here either. Sitting here is a privilege reserved only for school lessons and snuggling times.

Here is where I like to keep all of my important stuff...


I feel it is very important to keep everything I might need at my fingertips as my overall goal is to move as little possible throughout the day. My basket holds all my knitting necessities, my current WIPs, my near future WIPs, and any recent yarn purchases so I can fondle and gaze at them lovingly for a few days before they officially become "stash".

I also like to have all my knitting magazines and pattern books handy in case I feel the need to stare at them once again. The book collection has actually been recently thinned out since I cleared a shelf in the entertainment center for them. It's a small room so they still aren't too far away. I also use this spot for any books I'm reading... or might read soon... and for my Bible(s) as I find myself in frequent need of these during the day to remind me that children are a blessing from the Lord and such other important words of wisdom.

Oh, and the fireplace... we don't use it (obviously). The necessity of cramming enough furniture to seat 7 people and a big screen TV into a 12'x15' room overrode the need for a fireplace.

Now the next couple of photos are for Suzanne. Keep in mind that I live in a house of 5 overly active boys who never simply sit down on a piece of furniture without a leap or a flop... boys who use the couches for jumping, wrestling, and sleeping as much as they use them for sitting. Our furniture has held up remarkably well with almost no sign of wear and tear from their constant abuse. Except for this one spot...

Do you recognize it?

Yep... it is my spot... nobody jumps here... nor wrestles... nor climbs. It's just me and my stuff here. (See Suzanne, we're not talking wearing thin or looking worn. No, we're talking big ol' freakin' hole.)

Since it's illogical to think that simply sitting could cause such damage I like to think of it as a sign of all of the up-and-down I do during the day... moving laundry, finding school books, picking up Power Rangers or Legos (again), cleaning up spilt milk (again), and all those other things we mothers busy our days with. Surely it's the friction of my active lifestyle that has worn the hole in my couch. Surely.

In other news, today was JoJo's birthday!! (Which was the other reason I wasn't willing to "risk" a trip into Los Angeles for just a shot at seeing TYH.) And as you can see, it was a busy, busy day...

Real busy...
I would have been sorely missed.

Oh, and Daniel got a new hat. He picked it out himself and has worn it non-stop since yesterday, and even to a swim party tonight. He is nothing if not unique.

Now I am off to watch more House. I just got season 2 on sale from Amazon, so I figured a second time through would keep me busy until season 4 starts. Yep, I like to stay busy here in my spot.

10 comments:

sophanne said...

Those boys of yours are beautiful. (That's easily said by a bystander not regularly exposed to leaping, wrestling and climbing) And your knit spot is very much like mine. I did manage to put in a garbage can recently so that I would not have to regularly separate the "wheat from the chaff" It seems to have helped and I haven't lost anything critical that I know of.

Angelika said...

You got me, I was watching at least two shows of House last night too. And regarding the spot? It's nicely covered and there is a very good explanation for the wear and tear. :)

Becca said...

That looks very comfy! I wish I had room for my laptop near my knitting.

Love your boy's hat. He's already got his own sense of style.

Sorry you didn't get to see the Harlot!

I finally saw the previews for the new season of House. I can't wait!

km said...

My kids know to get up should they be found in my knitting chair when I walk in the room. The thing is...I really don't get to sit in that spot unil after 8pm. Oy...2 year olds. They're so stinking cute...but then never sit...and mine hardly naps anymore.

Charity said...

I think it's really important to have "a place", even if it's just a corner. :0)

Donna Boucher said...

You have such beautiful boys, Tammy!

You spot looks very cozy.

uberstrickenfrau said...

Sorry you missed out on harlot, I feel your pain!

Yarnhog said...

It's not a ragged spot--it's just well-loved! That is a big freakin' hole, though. I had a bunch of those (not so big, but many), so I took off the seat covers (fortunately, they unzip), turned them inside out, and sewed up the holes. It looks awful--almost as bad as the holes. I can't sew for spit. I think it's my worse-than-ever fix that pushed my husband over the edge--maybe I'm on to something! Thanks for showing us all your spot--especially me.

Octopus Knits said...

Your knitting spot looks super-comfy! Happy birthday to JoJo! Daniel's hat sure is something - very cute!

Natalie said...

At least you spent some QT with the kids!