Last post, I mentioned that I got a new toy. I’m still waiting – the shipment was delayed until tomorrow (Wednesday). So the waiting continues for that little surprise.
In the mean time, I got other new toys that are certainly making me feel very giddy.
A ball winder and a swift! Less than $50 for both!
I have been wanting these for months, but didn’t want to clunk down all that money at one time. My Mother’s Day present from my guys was to buy myself what I wanted, so I decided it would be a swift. Or a ball winder. I couldn’t decide! Which comes first? The swift or the ball winder? It’s a knitting mystery. So instead of choosing, I just kept putting it off.
Then yesterday I was at the local yarn store for their 3rd anniversary sale. I got to pick out a coupon with a discount percentage on it. I picked 15% and I thought I’d check out the swift and ball winder prices to see if I could swing it. I was expecting to pay about $100 for both, but the swift they carry was $100 by itself. I went in the back room with the owner so she could show me how to set it up.
She explained how they upgraded to the more expensive ones because they kept breaking the cheaper models. Well, whaddya know. The broken one was sitting right there, all sad and lonely and forgotten.
“Does it still work?” I inquired.
“Yes,” she said.
“Would you sell it to me?” I may have been weak in the knees, anticipating the answer.
“Of course! Hey, our old ball winder makes a terrible clicking sound, but it still works. Do you want that, too?”
I felt like I was cheating, or something. It was so easy and cheap! The swift was $25 and it has one broken arm. I’ve already wound about five skeins without a bit of trouble. And the ball winder was only $20 and I seriously can’t tell what the heck they’re talking about with the clicking.
So, do you want to come over and play with my new toys? Silly question, I know. But the kids were so cute yesterday sitting in their motorcycles that I took their picture. Then I realized it’s more a picture of my knitting spot. So come on over and take a look around.
If you click on the picture, you can read all the notes (all twenty of them!) I added about my room. Because I know you’re dying to know!