Between my tendency to make things last and our tight budget, I’ve been trying to “make do” without some craft supplies. The only question is, is it working or should I just buy what I need?
- Spinning bobbins. My wheel was secondhand and the lady I bought it from could only find one bobbin. (It was a good enough deal that it was worth it!) But now I have to wind everything I spin onto a nostepinne by hand…it is a major time drain. Is it worth getting two more bobbins so I can spin and ply in half the time?
- Ball winder. I know I’ve brought this up before. But I’m still weighing this out! Not only am I hand winding my yarns, but I’m hand winding everything that comes off my spinning wheel. And while I’m getting quite good at it, it takes forever. Is it worth saving time?
- Dye books. This is more of a resource than a tool. I typically rent whatever I want to read from the library. And after reviewing all the natural dye books they had, I found some real treasures (you can hear my thoughts here). I’m just wondering whether it’s worth it to buy a book or two so I always have instant access.
The good news is that I know I can do without all of these items and still produce amazing things. Most of them are about saving significant time, which I have in short supply. But I’m also comfortable with working slow – after all, look at all the pioneers were known for producing, and they hand fewer helpful tools than we have!
What are your thoughts? And what tools are you wondering about yourself?