I Love a Good Yarn

Yarn, stories, and sometimes stories about yarn

March seems to be going on and on. That impression probably has something to do with all the snow piled up outside … and the many more Naknicromo entries … 🙂

About the only tool I haven’t yet treated myself to is a spinning wheel. I bought a drop spindle and some roving years ago, but I’ve been hesitant to try them out until I can do so under an expert’s watchful eye. I don’t want to dive in on my own and risk ruining the roving. A yarn store in my area regularly holds introductory/beginner spinning classes on spindle and wheel, so I’m going to try to get to one of those this summer. I need some hands-on experience with a wheel before I make that rather sizable investment. But, I do kinda already have a spot picked out in the house that would be perfect for a wheel …

In thinking about this entry today, I realized I already have a TON of tools:

  • Stitch holders and markers
  • Needles of all kinds (straight, circular, double-pointed, interchangeable circulars)
  • Needle storage solutions
  • Needle sizer and gauge checker
  • Measuring tapes
  • Needle tip protectors
  • Project storage and transportation (baskets, bags)
  • Cable and darning needles
  • Pins and fasteners
  • Pom-pom makers (someone I used to work with got me a Doodle Loom and a Knit Wit rosette maker, which are too funny)
  • Blocking board with blocking pins and wires
  • Swift and ball winder

I rarely deny myself when it comes to cool knitting tools and accessories. But if my early attempts at wheel spinning prove promising, I’m going to have to exercise some self-control and do my research before making such a big purchase.

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