Come behind the scenes at Knit And Destroy for a #CraftRoomTour and see Kandy's knit studio in Sheffield.
The light and the shelves! I love the great big window in this room, and there are fixed shelves which are great for keeping my yarns on.
Tell us about your space
This space is where I run my small label 'Knit and Destroy' from, I have my knitting machines and computer that I use to design and make all my products. It still feels a bit empty as I only moved in a few moths ago. It is in a building with lots of other studios in the centre of Sheffield, I moved here from my 'spare bedroom' studio so that I could run machine knitting workshops which will start this summer!
What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
When I moved in the room was a white box. I moved the essentials in to start with, and fortunately my yarns are nice and bright so they helped make the space colourful. There is a big steel sink and a huge window in the studio, I made curtains for these as it felt a bit 'industrial'. My pinboard full of inspirational stuff is on the wall by my desk as well as a board with my 'knits in progress' on it.
How do you keep organized?
I have a place for everything, that' the only way I can keep organised. Fortunately I don't use lots of small bits and pieces, mostly yarn and knitting machine tools so I can keep track of stuff quite easily.
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Colour block things, then you want to put them back in the right place!
Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
There are quite a few of my creations on display, my current fave is my upholstered storage box. I always put my 'test knits' and scrap bits to use, but usually as blankets. This time I decided to upholster with them, they're all from my twin peaks collection so it's nice and co-ordinated too which is pleasing.
How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
A lot of my inspiration is in my head, sometimes I put some images up in my space, often I will knit a test of something I have an idea for, then put that sample up, and keep going in that way until the collection is done. I like to have my colour palette on my board too.
Where do you look for inspiration?
This really depends on what I'm working on. I usually have an idea, then find relevant images to help with shapes, form, colour etc. This can come from anywhere, a film, tv programme, book, a piece of art, some packaging, it really depends what my theme is, I like to have a theme.
If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1. Make the walls out of something that anything sticks to but can be taken off so I can cover the walls with pictures and knitting and stuff!
2. A pastel coloured floor would be dreamy
3. If we're talking wishes, the use of magic for tidying purposes would be great.
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