Is it an item that you would recommend to others, and if so for which applications/tasks do you think it is most suited. Conversely, do you have a tool/accessory that you regret buying? Why does it not work for you?
As soon as I saw this topic I knew that my ultimate tool, the one that I could never do without would be one of the ultimate triumvirate of knitting and spinning, the ballwinder, the swift and the niddy noddy. While I can happily say that all three are pretty much indispensable to me, I've decided there can only be one winner, one ultimate tool that you can pry from my cold dead hands. So, which will it be?
In order of acquisition the ball winder came first. I can't be sure exactly what prompted me to buy it, but I wouldn't be surprised it if was attempting to ball 2 skeins of Filatura di Crosa Centolavaggi by hand that did it. Phew! Anyway, the ball winder arrived in my life around about the same time as sock knitting and was immediately put into good use winding skeins of lovely handpainted sock yarn into lovely cakes of handpainted sock yarn. Of course it wasn't long until I realised that the ballwinder was good but it was not great without some way of managing the skein to be wound. I tried to get by without a swift..
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My most recent acquisition was my niddy noddy as it's not something I really needed until I started spinning. I was almost tempted just to pick it outright as my favourite tool just because it's called a niddy noddy, but that would be silly. Again this was a tool that I put off buying for far too long as I was getting by by wrapping my yarn around the legs of a stool.
So, verdict time, which one is my ultimate tool? First, the ball winder is helpful but I could wind a ball pretty easily by hand if I had to. I wouldn't enjoy it, but I could do it. The niddy noddy is great and saves a lot of time, but there are other ways to make a skein. Slower ways for sure, but ways nonetheless. But my swift, as I have recently discovered, I just cannot live without and therefore can now be dubbed my ultimate knitting tool.