It’s raining today in Connecticut, which makes me sad because it was supposed to be Hiking Day. I’ve been so busy the last few weekends that I was really looking forward to getting out and hiking, to revisiting the peacefulness of the woods, the smell of sunshine through leaves, the sweet burn in my legs as I work them the way they’re supposed to be worked… but no. Torrential downpour instead. Sigh. It’s ok, though, because it gives me the chance to gush about all the wonderfulness that showed up in my mailbox yesterday! First, a big ol’ bag of yarn from Uruguay:
|* squee *|
These were sent to me from the uncontestedly-amazing Malabrigo Yarn! I love these skeins very, very much. They are all destined to become designs. The four skeins on the left are Twist in the colorways Indiecita and Natural. If you remember from a previous post, Twist is my absolute favorite Malabrigo yarn. These will be used for my Malabrigo Quickie design. The next skein is a brand new yarn, Rastita in Solis. It is a slightly-felted sport-weight single-ply Merino yarn, a little cousin to the super-bulky skein to its right, Rasta in Arco Iris.
|See the family resemblance?|
I’ve used and loved Rasta before, so I think I’m going to adore Rastita. Another new thing I adore is my nostepinne:
|No, it’s not a magic wand. Sadly.|
Have you ever used one before? It’s for this:
|I practiced using it with my already-wound-by-hand handspun.|
My cheap plastic ball winder from Knit Picks broke (again) and I just got fed up with it. I could either spend $20 on another piece of plastic that will never degrade after I eventually have to throw it out, or spend less than that on a beautiful, handcrafted wooden tool. I chose handcrafted, even though it will still take a while to wind my yarn. Until I can afford to spend big money on a solid wooden ball winder, this nostepinne will have to do. I purchased it from David Linquist’s Etsy shop, Craftiness, and I couldn’t be happier.
It’s made from birdseye maple and it is really gorgeous. I bought the ‘slim’ version since it was a little cheaper and I do have small hands. It seems to be a perfect fit.
It is silky smooth to the touch and I love using it. It’s quite a simple tool, but it makes the job of winding yarn balls much more pleasant.
Plus, it makes a more neatly-wound center-pull ball than what I used to wind without it. If you’re in need of a nostepinne, I highly recommend the Craftiness Etsy shop. Do you have a favorite Etsy shop or a great handmade item that you adore?