I’m participating in the fourth annual Knit and Crochet Blog Week hosted by Eskimimimakes blog.
Today is day six and the theme of the day is: A Tool To Covet. The task is to write about my favorite crafting tool.
I have a lot of crafting tools I really love. I love my Addi-clicks interchangeables. I love my light-as feather place markers, perfect for delicate lace knitting. And I love the cute little black embroidery scissors my mother gave me when I was teenager: somehow, after all these years, I’ve managed not to lose them (it’s a miracle).
These things are all wonderful, but the true apple of my eye these days is a magical wheely-bopper.
It’s a truly special tool that enables me to spin as much as I want on my trusty Lendrum, and then free up my bobbins for more spinning without having to make troublesome decisions about what to ply with what. I’m talking, of course, about my splendiforous Schacht bobbin winder.
Just yesterday, I finished spinning 8 oz of this lovely variegated green BFL/silk from Sweet Georgia. Yummy.
But I wasn’t quite ready to commit to the next step. I had two bobbins full. Do I want to just ply them together off the bobbins? Do I want to split the yarn up into four equal amounts and make a four ply? Do I want to hold onto these until I feel brave enough to try chain plying? Agh! Who can decide?
Bobbin winder to the rescue!
I grabbed a few of the plain plastic storage bobbins (They come in large packs of about 20!). I just realized I’m almost out. Already. Gack!
Then I set the bobbin winder up on the desk, impaled a plastic bobbin on the winder, and commenced a-windin’.
In no time at all I had spun two very full plastic bobbins. Oooh, they’re so pretty. And my wooden bobbins were stripped and ready for wheel spinning again. Joy!
By the way, I have a runner-up favorite that I just can’t resist sharing. I took some glamour shots this morning and now I can’t get this sexy little thing off my mind.
I’m proud to present: Purple Heartwood Golding Spindle. She spins like a dream.