I’m so excited to announce Creative Spaces, a new feature here on the Creative Knitting editor’s blog, where every so often I will interview a knitter who has a really creative space! During each interview, I will pose many of the same questions noted below, and I’ll top each one off by asking my guest what their favorite productivity tool is. Who doesn’t love new tips to make life a little bit easier?
My first guest is Tabetha Hedrick, and she’s one multi-faceted lady! Tabetha is the new contributing editor of Creative Knitting magazine, and she is also the editor of the Creative Knitting online newsletter. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s a must!
In each newsletter, Tabetha provides an informative tutorial, yarn and product reviews, designer interviews and knitalong announcements. To learn more, and to sign up, visit: AnniesNewsletters.com. So sit back, and enjoy this enlightening interview with Tabetha!
KGW: What is a typical day in your space like for you?
TH: My typical day is pretty much set in the office chair writing, researching, and typing away at the computer (about 60% of the time). I like to swatch and play with new yarns there, too, with a bit of Netflix on (currently sucked into the Supernatural show). I also frequently take pictures against a white counter, thumb through magazines or books nearby, and complete some domestic tasks (such as meal planning). I break things up by getting a few household chores done, yoga, or digging in the fridge for snacks.
KGW: What kinds of things excite you when you spend time designing and knitting in this space?
TH: I’m always excited to have a new project to work on, so plotting it out in the calendar, crunching numbers in my software programs, or sketching rough drafts on paper always get me giddy. I keep my space filled with pretty things, fun colors, and easy-to-use tools.
KGW: How do you organize your yarn stash and knitting needles? Do you have an innovative method? (I’d seriously love to know, because my stash is a big mashup mess!)
TH: I have two yarn stash systems. The first is where I store all of my swatching yarns (these are 1-2 single balls that I use exclusively for testing out stitch patterns and new ideas). I have Ikea boxes labeled for the weight of the yarns within: worsted, fingering, DK, etc. The boxes sit on the two bottom rows of my Ikea Expedit bookshelves, in order of weight, of course. My other yarns (project-specific ones) are arranged in the top row of my bookshelf. I tend to keep them in order of when they are knit and they just get placed in the cubby without much other forethought.
My needles– I’m quite happy with my set-up! I knit in the living room, so my needles are stored there. I have two flower vases on the end table that hold all of my straights and double-pointed needles. My fixed circulars are in a cute “Que Lily Della Q” needle case. I use Addi Lace Clicks (both short and long tips) the most, though, and they come in their own cases.
KGW: You are one organized lady! These are fabulous tips. Thanks so much for sharing them. I guess that means I have a busy weekend ahead organizing my own craft space.
KGW: What does your ideal day look like?
TH: And ideal day? Hmm…. that’s sort of a tough one because I feel like I am already working the ideal job! I know that when I set my intention every morning, it is for my work to go quickly and smoothly, without procrastinating (darn social media and its addictive power), and to get it all done before the kids come home from school (and that’s a tough thing to do when you take on as much as I usually do).
KGW: Do you get your best work done in the morning or in the evening?
TH: I am definitely a morning girl! By 1ish, I sag a bit, but then I perk up again when the kids get home from school. The evenings are when I do my best knitting work, however.
KGW: Can you share a productivity tool that you like and how does it help you get things done?
TH: My favorite tool is my Erin Condren Life Planner. A little expensive, but I love everything about it! I discovered that digital planners just don’t work for me – my paper planner is always with me and spending a few minutes dolling it up with fun stickers, color-coded pens, and plans really gives my day something a little special. I am 100% on top of my appointments and deadlines and I use it for my daily to-do list.
KGW: I love this Tabetha! I’ve been trying my darnedest to keep things in a digital planner and in Outlook, but it’s not quite working for me these days. I miss using fun-colored markers and pens and I love the act of writing by hand. It may be time for a time management makeover!
KGW: Aside from knitting, what other things set you on fire and make you want to jump out of bed each morning?
TH: I am an entrepreneur at heart. I love starting and LEARNING new things! And when I get excited about something, I throw myself full tilt into it. I enjoy everything from knitting, designing, photography, herbal lore, essential oils, eastern medicine, eastern religion, graphics design, writing… I have a lot of dreams, a lot of goals, and a LOT of over-the-top giddiness that can’t be contained, so with all of that, I am always ready to jump out of bed each morning and learn every single thing I can.
KGW: Thanks for such an inspiring chat and sharing your productivity tools and insights with the Creative Knitting audience. This has been so much fun. I can’t wait to get my new planner!