I mostly work in an upper floor in our 1899 brick home. I knit while sitting at my computer, which plays Pandora all day long, with several bookshelves full of knitting books and yarns surrounding me. I normally sit there knitting while reading posts on Facebook, the Etsy Forums or occasionally succumb to Pinterest to see if there are any new knitting patterns, home decor ideas or recipes I need to know about. Every once in a while I might even watch a movie on Amazon. I made sure to get an extra comfortable computer chair; it is the "executive" kind and is close to a recliner as I could afford.
I spread yarn, books, and patterns all over my desk. No one is allowed to touch anything on my computer desk since they will very quickly be blamed for loosing my post-it with notes that are vital to my current pattern, or worse yet, one of my knitting needles. I spend time thinking and dreaming of what will look good and wear well or what folks might need for Winter. Sometimes I try new patterns, I certainly have a lot of them! I keep 3 ring binders full of them so I can reference the ones I use for the shop easily.
I photograph in front of my door off our porch upstairs. The light is diffused just the right amount there. I sit out on the porch from time time knitting and watching people walk and drive by. I grew up in the country but I live in a small city atmosphere. I am surprised I enjoy it, but the ability to walk to the grocery, bank, hardware store, library or pharmacy has it's perks on nice days.
My supplies are ordered from my favorite sources, all of it wool. Sometimes I make the yarn myself (spinning it by the computer or dyeing it in the basement) and sometimes I am able to use up some small yarn balls left over from larger projects. It makes me happy when I am able to do that!
I'm weird, but every time I get an order I get a thrill of joy. I obsess and pack and print those orders out immediately and sometimes even get right to knitting so I can replace what just sold. I don't mind making the same thing over and over in different colors...in fact I rather like the stability of it! I'll write a little note on the receipt and tuck it in, just to say thanks for ordering from me. It is an honor that you chose something from my little shop.
I make my own little stickers for putting on the outside of the envelope I mail the orders in. I love it when Fall and Winter come so I can use specialty tissue papers and try and find a coordinating sticker to top it all off. Sometimes I decide to include a hand made stitch marker to the hand spun yarn for those that I know knit.
I will never be a high output factory. I will always be just me, working at my desk in my upstairs office at 1 am when I really should just go to sleep, still making things one at a time. Because this is what I love to do.
I am what handmade looks like.