Sunday, 13 November 2011

How I spent my weekend

I spent my weekend digging up my backyard! 

Just diggin'

Do I look like I'm having fun? I tried to keep a positive attitude and cheer on the boys (Chris and my dad did the majority of the work) but trust me, digging a trench, 4 feet deep and 40 feet long is no fun at all! Luckily the weather cooperated, and considering we're doing this project mid-November we are extremely lucky.

So, now the big question, why are we digging up our yard? Up until now we've been dyeing the yarn in the laundry room in our basement. Our basement is only semi-finished, so it's worked out really well so far. However, over the past couple of months it's become clear that the laundry room/dye studio is not going to cut it for much longer. We looked into every single possibility, renovating the basement to accommodate us, renting a space to work from, and in the end we decided that we love working from home and aren't ready to give that up yet, plus the added expense of renting a space and all the extra costs associated with it made me nervous. So though we wanted to continue working from home we also wanted to reclaim our basement for ourselves (we have big plans to make the basement into a rec-room one day.) 

What we've decided to do is tear down the little old shed that lived in the corner of our back yard and build a dye studio in it's place. The shed was very old and rickety, I did my best to cutesy it up (this photo was taken before the door was painted turquoise) but the truth is it wasn't very useful. We have a garage where we are able to store the lawnmower and gardening tools that this little shed used to house. I don't think we'll miss it much. 

Our cute little old shed

So, Chris tore down the shed and we spent the weekend preparing the yard for the work that will begin today! It shouldn't be that big of a project, we're working with the same great contractor who helped renovate our bathroom earlier this year. The most complicated part is running water and electricity from the house out to the new studio, hence the 4 foot trench. 

Chris - brute strength

To put that into perspective for you, I'm just over 5 feet tall, 4 feet is deep!

The team


  1. If it means more yarn for all of us (your fans) I thank you and your gallant husband and father.
    Your yarns are among my favorites to knit with and I look forward to more of them. Julie G

  2. This is where all that tub digging on the sandbars pays off! Good luck with the project!

  3. Looks like a lot of work but it's such a great idea to build it on your property!

  4. Wow! A dye studio in the backyard sounds like heaven!

  5. This is EXACTLY what I've got my DH to promise me. A tiny house is in our future and I'll help trench it! We met at a golf course where trenching was the norm....I hated it, but we did it together. I sent him the link this morning and his BBM response was "Yup, we'll do that too someday soon"
    YESSSS!!! I just scooped up a major tanis stash this past weekend and am in heaven. Keep up the good work lady!

  6. lol you DO look like you're having fun in those first two shots.
    Maybe it's because you know that at the end of this effort there is a great reward?

  7. wow, it's going to be so amazing!! it's great that winter is nice and late this year, and the weather has been holding.

  8. I bet that when you began TFA, you had no idea that you would be digging a four foot trench! I think your decision to create a dye studio near your home is a perfect one. Can't wait to see how your building progresses!!

  9. Oh Man you guys should have rented a mini excavator. They are around $50 for half a day and you could have had that done in a jiffy!
    That being said you'll always remember digging the trench and all the hard work that went into it.
    Can't wait to see your new studio!

  10. Wow! I would have either hired that part out too or rented some kind of equipment to help with the process. I can't wait to see the end result - of both the basement and your new dye studio.

  11. Wow, you are committed! I hope the studio looks awesome when it's done. :D

  12. Hurry up before winter arrives! Sounds like a really nice project though!

  13. How fantastic to be able to have a dedicated space *at home* to continue your expanding business! I am so looking forward to seeing this space as it is completed. Totally envious of that beautiful window and french doors -- I am a huge fan of natural light to work by.


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