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Make Do or Buy

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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?

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?

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10 Comments

  1. I am the same about cookbooks. The library is a great resource, but it is nice to have one’s own copies to just look at without the fuss involved in ordering the book and waiting, or even putting one’s shoes on and going to the library!

    1. admin

      Exactly!

  2. I love my ball winder. I don’t spin.
    I always have partial skeins that need to be tidied up.
    Yarn cakes are perfection.

    1. admin

      Yes they are! I have a feeling that I couldn’t go wrong with a ball winder…

  3. I do not love my ball winder. It is my second one. They were both persnickety, sometimes working sometimes not. The first one broke. If i ever get another one, it would be a much nicer ($$$) one, probably wooden.
    As for Books, if I check one out three times I consider making a purchase. But there is so much good stuff online. Do you know this spinner http://bethsmithspinning.com

    1. admin

      I’m not gonna lie – your ball winder experience is part of the reason I’ve not bought one yet.
      Love the books idea! I think I’ll adopt that.
      I’ll check Beth out 🙂

  4. Kat Kline

    Check out Grace Shalom Hopkins on YouTube. One of her vids shows how she makes her center pull balls that she plys from. No equipment needed, and her one bobbin is huge! Also, bobbin-up storage bobbins are cheap from the Woolery.

    1. admin

      Thanks for the tips!!

  5. Jessica

    I am considering putting purchase ideas on my ical with a reminder for a month or so out. When it pops up in a month, I can consider how much i’ve thought about or “needed” the item since I made the note and then either put it off a bit longer, or go ahead and purchase. This has been my method with renovating projects. If I’ve forgotten about the item, I clearly don’t need it now 🙂

    1. admin

      Brilliant! I may have to give that a go…

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