Day Six (Saturday April 27th): A Tool To Covet
Write about your favourite knitting or crochet (or spinning, etc) tool. It can either be a tool directly involved in your craft (knitting needles or crochet hook) or something that makes your craft more pleasurable – be it a special lamp, or stitch markers.
Is it an item that you would recommend to others, and if so for which applications/tasks do you think it is most suited. Conversely, do you have a tool/accessory that you regret buying? Why does it not work for you?
In nine--yes nine--years of blogging, I may I have repeated stories, but never reprinted a post, but I cannot say it better than a 2011 post that was inspired by Knitting and Crochet Week. Pretty much everything stands.
I've done some minor editing (ABE--Always Be Editing), and my updates are in bold.
Take it away, ghost of Vera past...
I'm Just "Tool" Sensitive
I love the entire process of knitting and crocheting--scouting for patterns, caressing yarn, being smoothed by the click of needles and the pull of the hook, and of course, showing off my creations.
I'm also a bit of a gadget girl.
There's nothing like the marriage of a good pattern, yarn, and accessories. I love it when it all comes together.
Needles, hooks, gauges, bags, counters, boards, pads, pins, tape; I'm all about a good notion. Like Alton Brown is to cooking, I am to my needlework. The tool must be right.
If it isn't just right, I feel a bit like the hypersensitive heroine of The Princess and the Pea *(Please see the story at the end of the post), and get irritated and struggle.
On the other hand, a good accessory can make working on a project a joy forever.
Hang 'Em High
When possible, I prefer to work with circular needles, and Addi Turbos have been favorites from the beginning. However, they can be a pain to organize and store, and I'm glad that I got The Circular Solution from Patternworks early in my knitting life.
When I need a needle, I can just grab and go.
Now if my straights and double points looked so good.
[I have since attached one of my beloved needle gauges to it so I can keep things on track.]
Bonus: I've got two.
I feel the same way about my Gauge Wizard ruler magnifier. I haven't lost it, but I just want another one around, just in case.
Who says taking measurements have to be boring? Not my friend.
Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto.
You can never be too rich, thin, or have too many stitch markers. My Namaste Buddy is kinda sweet too.
The same goes for Chibis. I had such a difficult time with keeping tapestry needles before. Well, I still misplace Chibis, but they are so much easier to find than needles, and cuteness does count.
Another early in my knitting life purchase is my dentist tool from Patternworks. The small hook is wonderful for picking up dropped stitches and the pick has gotten me out of a lot of jams.
Again, I covet a second one.
My array of knitting bags is best saved for a future post [I really must get to that], but these Namaste Oh Snap! pouches are great! They make things easy to carry everything for an individual project and transport from bag to bag. I like that I can see the contents of the bag and so does the TSA.
[In case you are wondering, the project is the He Said/She Said Cowl from Chic Knits]
Yes, the self-proclaimed "Gadget Girl" goes analog, but this works best for me...
It works even better if it is a Hello Kitty notebook.
Remember, cuteness counts.
*Patrick is very sensitive to even the smallest speck of dust in the bed, and I've spent too way many nights being woken up so that he can shake out of some near invisible force was irritating him. Thus, I dubbed him, "The Princess and the Pea" to quizzical glances. This went on for years. One day, we spoke about it and I told him the fairy tale, and I realized that he thought I was calling him "The Princess and the Pee" all these years.
Glad we cleared that one up.
Thanks for the Earworm