This was supposed to be posted last week, but I had no internet connection for a few days.
When I skirted my three new fleeces last week, I was reminded of something: I do not have a skirting table. It was a painful reminder, as I spread the fleeces out on the driveway and continually bent over as I walked around picking up unwanted bits of debris. It was also hot out there. Another significant negative: the unwanted items don’t just fall away from the fleece as you work through it. Rather, they stay stuck in with the good fiber. And if I had a skirting table, I could use it for drying washed fleeces too. So why don’t I have one? They are usually big and bulky. Plus it’s just one more thing Rich and I have to build. As of now, I’m just doing the best I can with what I’ve got.
In contrast to having need of something but not having the capability to obtain it, I now have a new piece of equipment that I did not feel was a necessity. As I mentioned on Tuesday, I just got a serious ball winder. Up until this point I’ve been using a nostepinne to wind every ball. I’m quite good at it, but sometimes I wish I had something quicker. I do have a plastic ball winder, but it is garbage, so I never use it. But I didn’t want to spend the money on a good one, so I just kept using my nostepinne. However, Rich decided it would be a worthwhile investment and made the decision on my behalf. Now I want to find reasons to use it.
Question: How long do you “make do” before you break down and buy the tools and equipment that are made for the job? Do you wait until you have need of something before buying it or do you buy a tool assuming you will use it eventually?