We're under a "Heavy Snowfall Warning," with accumulations of up to 20 cm of the stuff, so it's a good day to stay inside and work on cozy things. I have some preparations to do for my knitting classes tomorrow and I'm going to play with this:
The blue disc is a clever device, given to me by Gwen Powell, who holds a Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning and whose little black dress was a highlight of the SOAR fashion show. I didn't get a photo of the dress, but, if you're on Ravelry, you can see it by clicking here. (Gwen looks pretty hot, herself.)
That little plastic disc is a wpi tool, a protractor for measuring angle of twist and a thickness gauge for your yarn. Slip the dowel through the centre hole and the device becomes a top or bottom whorl spindle:
Just how smart is that? Gwen is just one of many talented people I met at SOAR who generously donated time and tools to make SOAR a wonderful experience. And for that, I am most grateful.