Are you like me, do you love gadgets? I am a gadget Freak whether it's technology or knitting. So naturally one of my fun things to do is peruse Etsy looking at various knitting miscellany.
The stitch markers alone make me dizzy with glee. Beads and metal put together creating tiny works of art. I could make my own, this is true, but then would I have time for knitting? I've done a lot of beadwork in my day and I do enjoy it, but I've also learned to enjoy the work of others. I bought some pretty little stitch markers last year that still make me smile. I love to take them out of their little baggie, hold them in the palm of my hand to feel their heft, dangle them in front of my eyes and give them a little shake. A purple glows with the light behind it, illuminating the little flower on the glass bead, the silver findings sparkle. Ahhhh.
Lest we forget the knitting needles themselves. Oooh, no plastic or cheap metal for me, no way! I love the feel of good bamboo needles like Clover/Takumi, they give me the chills. They warm in my hands while I'm knitting and the yarn slides with ease, but only when I want it to do so.
The only metal needles I've purchased are the Addi Turbos, they knit like a dream. Sleek and smooth, my knitting picks up the pace when I'm on a good pair of Addi's. Then there's the holy grail of metal needles, Signature Needle Arts. Holy moly! What beauties. I have yet to drop the cash on a pair of those babies, but every once in a while my mouse hovers over the link in my favorites and with a sigh I click. Before me is the stuff knitting dreams are made of, Addi is sleek, but Signature is Sexy. I pretend to customize a pair and I stare at the results with longing, close my eyes and imagine knitting with these needles of steel ( I don't actually know what they're made out of, but that sounded good, didn't it?).
I haven't ever purchased any wooden needles and it's not because they're unavailable. The simple truth is that I prefer the hand turned, specialty wood needles. Oh, and guess what? They're p-r-i-c-e-y. But I can dream. They're not on the top of my list of things to buy. We all know that the money we spend on knitting is best spent on...soft, fluffy, cushion-y fiber.
What other gadgets? Oh come on, what about knitting bags, notebooks, apps for our iTouch/iPhone, cute little tape measures, kniddy-knoddies, ball winders and swifts. Yea, those make my heart go pitter-pat.
To me knitting isn't just the finished product, it's the gadgets and tools I use to get them finished.