What Price Can’t You Justify?
When it comes to anything fiber-related, I rarely balk at spending money. Except sometimes. When it comes to purchases, what price can’t you justify?
To Yourself? To Your Spouse? What Price Can’t You Justify?
I’ve spent a LOT of money over the years on fiber-related items. There were rarely times when I denied myself when it came to purchases associated with knitting, spinning, etc. I purchased a Robin spinning wheel back in 2004. And even earlier, in about 1999(?) I purchased an antique Gearhart circular sock knitting machine.
However, there a few select items in my crafting world that I would love to have. But every time I go to pull the trigger and buy them, I balk. I just can’t justify paying what some things cost.
Here are my three biggest items:
Signature Double-Pointed Needles (promotional link)
For years, I’ve taunted myself with owning a set of these needles. I’ve loved the colors, the design and the rave reviews they get on quality and how nice they are to use. I’ve even picked them up with an intention to purchase and ended up putting them back. I just can’t bring myself to pay the price for them. And what’s made it even more difficult is the many similar knock-offs that have come on the market since I first started desiring them. Knitters Pride now makes both Karbonz and Zings double-pointed needles that are “good enough” and WAY less expensive.
The Woolee Winder has been tempting me for years.
This clever contraption replaces the bobbin and flyer on many spinning wheels and automates the process of moving the spinning from hook to hook. It evenly distributes the yarn on the bobbin. Here’s a video demonstration if you’re interested in seeing how it works. Again, I have pined for one of these for my Louët wheel and just can’t do it. I balk every time I see the price. I just can’t imagine spending that much money to replace a task that isn’t very onerous when I’m spinning. What’s worse is the prices have only increased over the decades that I’ve yearned for one. I hadn’t looked at them for a while until writing this blog. And I still can’t force myself to buy one.
New Gearhart Circular Sock Knitting Machine
I don’t need it. There would never be a time when I could get a return on my investment. I have a perfectly good antique version of the machine which sometimes makes perfect socks.
And yet I really want one.
A new one would work much more consistently than my antique (I think). And I can get it in virtually any color. They incessantly taunt me, but I honestly doubt I will ever buy one.
How about you? What fiber-related item can you just not justify paying for?
I went back to production knitting…making Rose’s Fingerless Mitts.
This time I’m using my own hand-spun yarn, so you can see the inconsistency in colors in the fabric. I’ve started another pair and I’ll make as many of this one size of glove as I can. Then I’ll try and pair up the most similar mitts that seem closest to a matching pair.