Thursday, January 10, 2008

Home office standing workstation

I really wish I had photographed the "before". But let me describe it. The tables/desks were arranged in a "U" shape from left wall, around past the window and down the right wall. The two computer workstations were next to each other facing the window. All desktop heights were approximately the same. This first photo shows my home office in my new arrangement. (I've since rearranged the wall hangings). After having read about the walkstation (where a treadmill is incorporated with an adjustable standing computer desk, and all the health benefits that that is supposed to derive, based on studies by Dr James Levine of the Mayo Clinic), I did a bit of measuring and figured out that I really didn't have the room.
However, I had made my tables using adjustable legs and decided that maybe I could just modify my layout to include one standing workstation (used for my day-job) and one sitting workstation (shared with the rest of the family).

So I set about re-arranging and here is what I came up with. On the right is the standing workstation. I made it a height which would put my keyboad and monitor the same in relation to my elbows and eyes as they were when it was a regular sitting workstation. (I had spent time previously making sure these were relatively ergonomic.) And to accomplish it, I shortened both adjustable tables so that that table on top is about 42" off the ground.

Then to make a bit more room for standing, I moved another adjustable table on top on the other side of the room, leaving the underneath at the normal height. This gives me a bit more writing/desk space, for when I need that. There is an under-counter type light there as well (not turned on in the photo).

I just moved the desk with the home computer in it since we share this with the kids and my adjustable legs are not dynamically adjustable, I decided it was best to keep this a sitting workstation.

So all part of the New Year's resolution to keep moving! Hope it works. So far, I really like it. Still have filing and recycling to do (you can't see that half of the room, by design ).
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Stormy Sky II

Well-- thought I'd try to motivate myself by posting my WIP. This is Stormy Sky II, the wool version of "Stormy Sky" which was done in 100% Bamboo. This one is done in Jamieson's Spindrift. The color work in the X O section is slightly altered due to the heathered colors I chose. The combination of dark grey and light blue didn't have enough contrast for my taste, so I switched them around somewhat.

Will be writing up the pattern and it will be available on the website as soon as I'm done knitting this up. Not too much farther on the body, then the sleeves, then steeking for the cardigan and knitting the front bands. Not sure how long that will take me.

Any wagers ?

(You can just see a corner of my Stormy Sky bag on the left. I'm using it as my project bag)
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Sunday, January 6, 2008


Happy New Year!!!
It's been a pretty good year so far. We started out with the entire family making it to midnight on New Year's Eve. A first for many years, and nice. I've been working on the CYCA Teachers Certification program, and got the package for Phase I sent off on New Year's Eve too. So my interview is soon. Then onto the 2nd portion. That is one of the things I have planned to finish up in 2008.

I also want to make progress on the knitting machine front. I was gently prodded from a Ravelry user (thankyou!) and have finished writing up the Bouclé Swing Cape pattern. I designed it and knit it in 2006. Good thing I took great notes (and could find them again). So that pattern is also now available on our Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design shopping cart site. It was designed for a Shetland Wool Bouclé yarn and is knit on the Vario Big Knitting machine.

On the hand knitting from, I'm still working on Stormy Sky II -- a Jamieson Spindrift wool version of the Norwegian Style Bamboo Sweater that I made for TKGA's Master Knitter program. Its coming along nicely. I'm up to the yoke, so the knitting takes more concentration right now.

Also on the teaching front, I'll be teaching an Entrelac class at Twisted again this month, and the Stranded knitting there next month. I've submitted ideas for the TKGA program, but haven't heard anything back from them.

On the design front, I'm hoping to send some off to other people's publications this year. Much of that depends on how much time I have left over after the day job. I'm hoping it starts off slow this year, but its not looking that way yet. Lots of projects were pushed into 2008... But its all good.

Here's hoping everyone has a peaceful 2008