So, I had two fillings this morning. My tongue is numb, and I can feel the tingle of anesthetic in places it really shouldn’t have migrated to. I guess I’m thankful for the great dental care I am privileged to receive, but that doesn’t make me like it. Anyway, a long slender box arrived for me yesterday, and I saved the opening for after my appointment, so I had something to look forward to.
Now, THAT, my friends, is a swift. I started with one of those metal and plastic swifts (well, I really started with a cobbled together thing of a box and a lazy susan….when I realized I didn’t want to niddy-noddy 800 yards of lace yarn), and for a long time it was plenty. Then I started to get skeins from one supplier that were a little too big for the basic swift. Sometimes it would work, but if the angle were just a bit wrong, I’d quickly find myself with a tangled mess. Spying my son’s K’Nex, I made myself a slightly bigger swift. It, too, works ok, but can snag. So, when the Woolery announced that Glimakra swifts were the Fiber Toy of the week, I said, ‘Yes, please’. I got the large one. *Cough* this is a very large swift, probably twice the size as my previous umbrella swift. Plus it is prettier, all wood and lacing and such. It’ll do, it’ll do.
Perhaps you noticed there is something else in that picture? Here’s the deal…..free shipping. My newly discounted swift didn’t meet the minimum, and it would cost $12.95 to ship it….half the discount. So I went looking for something else I needed, and tada, one Schacht double bobbin shuttle fell right into my cart. I still have the ends of my blanket (which I am cuddled up in with a cat right now on this blustery day) on my loom, ready to tie on the next blanket in my stash busting plan. I love the blanket, but the fulling made it almost too small. So my plan is to basketweave the next blanket….two ends per warp and weft pick. So I *needed* the shuttle. I did.
I hope you are finding something to enjoy this day. I have some merino/silk to
fondle braid this afternoon, and hopefully I’ll get a big shop update done for you tomorrow.