Monday, June 14, 2010


Today I was driving home from Madison in a light drizzle, feeling a little blue, with "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Early Morning Rain" running through my head. I had just left Mr. S off to catch the bus for O'Hare, the first leg of a nearly month long trip.

So to cheer myself up, I decided to stop off at The Sow's Ear on my way back to B'ville. I had a birthday gift card in my pocket, courtesy of my Thoughtful and Intelligent brother in law. And I had an idea of what I wanted to do with it.

I've had a yarn swift for years - one of those flimsy looking but very functional metal and plastic numbers. But I have never had a ball winder. Hey, I've got two hands, and they've been winding perfectly good balls of yarn for ages. Lately, though, I've been thinking it might be nice to speed up the process a little bit.

So: new winder on the right (and boy howdy it is quicker than the old way), plus I had enough left over on the card to almost cover the cute little sock blocker key chain on the left. Thanks Bill (and family)! I have new toys; and while I'm still going to miss Mr. S, this got me over the hardest part, which is always the drop off.

Think I'll go round up another skein or two and get cranking.


Annie Pazoo said...

And, yee-ha boy howdy, indeed!

junior_goddess said...

get to cranking....I live in the cranking state.

Sandra said...

my swift and ball winder are permanently attached to my kitchen counters (Luckily, I have enough space to do this). I'd be lost without either of them. THe drop off is always my least favourite moment as well.

YarnThrower said...

You will *love* your ball winder... Of course, it will make you useless for the old way of winding -- I tried to wind a new ball in the van a couple of weeks ago and it took me an hour, most of the time spent untangling the mess I had made as I was trying to wind it with the hank sitting on my lap...but I digress. Ball winders are sooo nice :-) You are so industrious, which will help during this month, though that is a really long time for a spouse to be gone... Do you have any goals for this time?