10.15.2008

Some of my favourite tools

For every hobby I have favourite tools. Many tools for many hobbies, some delight me more than others. Using the right tool for a specific job can have a huge affect on the result of a finished product or just be easier to do. For knitting my favourite gadget is my ball winder. Skein to yarn cake, what could be more fun? Even before swatching there's winding. I don't own a swift, but my kids make great swifts when I need extra hands, makes them grumble sometimes about this being the year 2008 not a Little House on the Prairie episode. You'd think they'd prefer to do the winding?? I do.

The choice quilting toy definitely has to be my Brother sewing machine. I love to listen to the quiet hum of the motor, especially after so many frustrating years with my first machine. It was a basic Singer that made erratic clattering and revving sounds. It never held the thread tension for long and I ended up spending more money on repairs for it then I paid to buy it in the first place.

A special birthday gift from my husband is my KitchenAid mixer. Heavy duty and dependable, it stands up to almost daily use no problem. I've had it for about 14 years.

If I have to pick just one favourite dog grooming tool I don't think I can. I really enjoy grooming my dogs, it's relaxing and the dogs and I enjoy the bonding time. My Edemco dryer is invaluable, but there's nothing more wonderful than a smooth, quality grooming shear. Scissors are a must with standard poodles, nice ones make the work of grooming 3 big dogs myself a lot more enjoyable. I have a thing for cutting tools. I have multiple ones for the dogs, clipper blades, ones to cut paper, rotary cutters, garden secateurs and tiny sharp needle nose ones for stitch ripping and fiddly projects.
For as much as I love yarn and fabrics, I sure like my toys to work with them too. What's your favourite tool?

3 comments:

Philigry said...

oh, i love all your toys. I am thinking of replacing my machine. I have a very basic white 1418. I feel like it runs very rough. Does updating your machine make a big difference?

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I still wind all my yarn by hand Little House on the Praire style too....

I'm not familiar with all your tools but I've had a Kitchenaid mixer for roughly 18 years and I second your vote.

amanda said...

I love my Kitchenaid too! A monster machine!

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