My Newest Obsession
As I said in my previous post about the Sheep and Wool Festival, I adore my new Nostepinne.
I find it absolutely beautiful (though not the most beautiful one the Baltimore Area Woodturners booth sold), I went for the ‘pretty’ ones first (honestly, the clean curves needed make all of them really lovely). Dark wood always attracts me (I adore cocobola), so I went for the cedar first. I enjoyed the demo (where we learned how to wind a center pull ball) but the tool was a little bit awkward in my hand. I picked up another, and another, until I finally found one which felt right in my hand…Honestly, I just didn’t want to put this baby down, the handle is just shaped so perfectly. It also has grooves spaced exactly an inch apart, so it doubles as a (really big) WPI (wraps per inch) tool.
I’ve tried to find out what I could about the history of it. Although I’ve found some assertions that it is a ‘centuries old’ device, most of that seems to be cool little bits of folklore and such. Even Sven the Merchant, who makes cool recreations of textile supplies for a living can’t seem to get a solid date on these. I can’t seem to get anything solid before mid 19th century, but that seems awfully late… On the other hand, they’re so simple in function, almost any smooth stick would work, so many of them could have doubled in function as distaffs or spindles easily enough…
Despite the above, I haven’t been obsessively measuring and balling my Sheep and Wool acquisitions. Instead, I’ve cast on the Begonia Swirl shawl with the Carina dyed yarn from Bohemia Fibers. So far I’m really loving it, but there’s voice in the back of my head which warns that this yarn might be too noisy for this pattern. Will go a bit further and then take some more pictures and see.
Even if it works, I might want to switch to a solid lace weight for the border. Or not. The Ravelry Project Gallery for the Swirl has a number of variegated yarns, and they seem to work surprisingly well with the pattern. Still, I know I have a tendency to go overboard with these things… We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose.
Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways
I haven’t heard anything about the giveaways from the Musk Ox blog, and I didn’t win the April yarn box giveaway.
I did join the Sweater Babe pinterest giveaway. (May 25). Yes, this means I’ve started playing with Pinterest. I was curious to see what Collen did with the Yellow Hen Pinterest board, then the younger child showed me what she’s done with hers… So far I’m using it mostly as a tool to collect bookmarks for my next NaNo project (yes, even though I never even started to edit the last one… I know, I know…) and as a temporary holding place for links for the blog or Facebook. It’s potentially a deadly time sink, but we’ll see how it goes.
Another Expression Fiber Arts giveaway, this one for $100 gift certificate. (May 18th)
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