In addition to keeping the household of 4 adults, 2 children, 3 big dogs, 3 cats running, raising chickens for our eggs and some meat, making soap, balms, salves, and beard products for my online shop and craft shows, I love fiber arts. I sew, knit, crochet, and spin fiber into yarn for my own use and for sale in the shop and shows.
A couple of years ago, we were flying on a vacation, I took knitting with me to help occupy the time and keep me settled on the plane (I’m not a huge fan of flying). The project that I took was socks for one of the grandson’s for Christmas, Batman socks. I had black and gold yarns and I wanted to put the Batman emblem on the cuff of each sock. I rummaged through my bag and could not find a piece of graph paper though I usually carried a small graph paper notebook and ended up drawing a grid on the back of a receipt and graphing out the emblem. Several days into the vacation, we were shopping in one of the native markets and I spotted a small woven fabric covered notebook cover with a graph paper pad in it. It was inexpensive and I purchased one. The pad got used up over time and I discovered that it was a non standard size and unavailable in the USA or on any online store I could scare up. It was larger than the pocket Moleskine or Fieldnotes books, smaller than the medium Moleskine variety and it had to be side bound with staples, not a spiral. The cover sat idle and empty, but I liked it. Recently, it occurred to me that I could use the woven part of the cover and repurpose it with some added fabric to make it fit a standard size. My very talented and crafty sister in law was called on with several questions, many ideas, and finally, bravely, I cut the notebook cover in half, removed the binding, made a new liner, spine, and binding that enlarged it enough to handle a standard notebook.
This required setting up the sewing machine and pulling out the sewing box. They are in the dormer in our bedroom where I have a handmade walnut table, pottery lamp, and shelving to store my yarn and fabric.
Compared to many of my friends in the fiber arts, I am a lightweight. Most of them have multiple wheels, looms, sewing machines. I do have two wheels or I will once the antique one has all of its parts back. But the rest of my equipment will fit into a tote bag.
The Louët has a built in Lazy Kate for plying, but I don’t like it, so I use the one my son made me for Christmas.
A swift and two different sized Niddy Noddys for winding yarn into skeins from a bobbin.
And two different sized Lucets for making cord.
An assortment of various drop spindles for portable spinning.
Hand carders for combing unprocessed clean wool.
A backstrap loom, that I need an instructor to teach me to set it up for weaving.
With one set of interchangeable knitting needles, one set of double pointed knitting needles in various sizes, a few fixed circular knitting needles, and several crochet hooks, I have all I need for spinning, sewing, knitting or crocheting.
It will all fit nicely in a beautiful hand made tote from a friend.
Though I don’t carry it all with me, I could.