Monday, May 16, 2005

tools of the trade

One of the purchases that I made at Sheep and Wool that I hadn't pictured yet:



The contraption on the right is my fantastic ball winder, which I prefer to call my yarncake maker, since it makes pretty little cakes of yarn, fresh off the wheel. They fit much more happily on my scale as cakes than they do as skeins! This one is handspun from awhile ago. I took some roving and just dribbled dyes all over it in no discernible pattern. I may have used a few more colors in a few more intensities than could have produced a really pretty yarn, but boy, is this one colorful. I'm actually knitting these days, for a change (I've been so spin/dye focused recently), and this cake will finish off a second kiddie hat, and hopefully get me through a third, before it runs out.

2 comments:

emy said...

I've bought a ball winder but have yet to use. And it seems to be of the same brand as your scale! LOL

Rachael said...

I don't know why I haven't used the ball winder to get yarn right from the wheel -- what a great idea! I'm such a newbie at all this....