Recently, when answering questions about knitting, I reflected upon my teaching. I found myself comparing what I call the outside process of knitting: plan, make, finish, wear to the process of planning a unit. “What is it I want my students to know and be able to do at the end of the unit?” I would ask myself as a teacher. “What is it I want to wear to the special event?” I ask myself as a knitter. I see similarity in thinking about the end first, then planning accordingly.
Plan, make, finish, wear is the process I am talking about in this 3 part series. In What’s OUT and what’s IN regarding FO Storage (Part 1 of 3), I began with the end, the finished garment. In this post and thinking backwards, I will explain how I organize and house the works-in-progress (WIPs). For me, this is the easiest of the process sequence to write about as, once figured out, is pretty much without change except for the fun, creative projects I put inside it.
- Designed for at home use as that is where I knit
- Out of way of sun and family traffic
- Needed to house one item WIP at a time (Years of employment and raising a family took precedence and offered only limited amounts of time for knitting.) This could change with the upcoming retirement.
- Large in capacity: My projects are typically large in size, therefore this system has to house a large amount of yarn that then transforms to multiple pieces of knitted fabric, typically large fabric pieces due to styles I prefer.
- Preferably with compartments for organizing
- Offers a note taking system and easy access to tools
- Protection from one loving, disobedient pooch
So, here is how she looks.
Right now, the container is fairly empty because I haven’t rolled all the yarn, yet. And, I’ve just begun this project so there is no knitted fabric to be stored. As I move along however, you can imagine how I will keep all the pieces together in one shelf and the yarn in another. The actual piece and all the tools I am using sit on a white tray that moves in and out of the top shelf of this container and to my lap. The tray makes for efficient movement and everything I need for that work is at my fingertips.
With coffee table in front, there is space for note taking, magazine inspiration, and coffee drinking. There is a beautiful window to my left for natural light and a TV in front of me, oftentimes set to mute so as to concentrate.
Can you recognize the project?
Outside process: plan, make, finish, wear ~ what happens before and after the actual knitting
Inside process: the actual knitting