Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Some (slow) progress

front of building (that's the barn just beyond)

I haven't mentioned the studio lately because my frustration level has been pretty high. It's no wonder contractors in general have such a bad reputation. Why can they just do what they tell you they are going to do, when they tell you they are going to do it? It's been slow going over here because weeks go by when no one shows up to work and things have not been scheduled properly, so we end up waiting and waiting and waiting. (And believe me when I tell you, waiting is not my strong suit!) At this point, we are more than two months past the projected finish date. The latest "promise" from the contractor is that all is supposed to be finished one week from today. Anybody want to place any bets on that? Anyway.......I do believe the end is in sight.

looking out the back windows

looking down toward the house

Something happens when you live in the country a long time. You get accustomed to not seeing anyone every time you go in and out of the house. I know it's not just me because I have friends who have recently had projects going and they feel the same. I find it incredibly distracting and disturbing to have people working here. I just want them to hurry up and let me have my space and privacy back. So, now the problem is that I'm mad when they don't show up to work and I'm mad when they are here and want them gone! It's a lose-lose situation! Oh well, I guess this falls under the category of no pain/no gain. I've waited more than 30 years to have a place of my own to work in and I don't suppose a few more weeks (please, not months!) will kill me.

I love so much about this building already. There are many, many windows for such a small structure and the light in there is wonderful. Plus, I sure can't complain about the views. It's sheep, alpacas and llamas in all directions. I can just picture myself in there spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting. All of it and all of my "stuff" contained in one place instead of all over. No more dyeing in the barn aisle or on the garage porch. Yeah, for that!

looking from dye room toward kitchen

So, here is where we are today and I'm hoping very, very soon to have pictures of the finished project. (I'm having the same dilemma that Sara faced when she built her "wool house" last summer. Calling it a studio seems a little grandiose for the kinds of things I do, but so far I've not come up with anything better. Any suggestions?)


  1. It may seem slow there, but from here it looks like you've/they've made amazing progress! Wow, what a studio! Turning all shades of green here; not a terrible thing since I'm working on spinning some light grey yarn that will be overdyed grey for Romi's newest shawl design. Anyway, a studio is where you do creative work, so I think it's a perfect term, or it could be Wool House West (or whichever direction you are from Sara's).

  2. I think if I was lucky enough to have a space like this I would call it my "creation cottage", or maybe just my sanity hide-away! Somthing comfortable will come to you. Thanks for sharing on your blog. Enjoy reading it very much.

  3. Your work is certainly studio-esque, nothing wrong with calling it that (as is Sara's, but wool-house sounds good for her place as well!). I'm currently in my messy place over the garage trying to clean, and hopefully within a few hours I can call it a studio again since I have a class coming soon! Can't wait to see final pictures of your own lovely space.

  4. Jaybird called ours the Wash-mahal. And all the boys (including Saint Tim!) called it the Boat House too, but I put my foot down ;-). I think it's a studio. You deserve it.

  5. Hey- Love it! It is amazing.