A few of my friends like to tease me because I am forever purchasing drop spindles that they know I will never really use for more than a few minutes here and there.
I hate to admit it, but it is true. There is something so inviting to me however when I see freshly carved wooden objects. The smell of turps and stain, the patina of newly applied Danish oil.....I just LOVE it!
Years ago I used to restore antiques and it was for the very same reason...the feeling of a beautiful old patina under my hand that let me know that the item was once well loved and used....and the smell of those turps again.
It gave me enormous pleasure to take an old dirty piece and restore it back to it's glorious self. Now that I have a little more free time, I may use that time to restore a few old pieces that we have here. :-)
So it goes without saying that I would carry my love for well crafted wood items over to my current life with fiber. The bowls above are yarn bowls made by Yellow Dog Farm. The bowl on the top is made with Cherry wood and the other I don't quite remember what the wood is, but I just love the grain. I can still smell the oil while I knit and it makes me smile.
...I have a particular fondness for curly, birdseye, spalted or quilted maple. This niddy noddy made from quilted maple matches the special Robin wheel that she came with. There are only 2 of these wheels made from this wood and I am very thankful that I own one of them. I love the soft light maple surrounded by the darker bands and the grey quilted veins through out.
This holder is made by Knitzi and is made again with Cherry. I love the little carvings on the ends.
Yes....Kelly, I am an addict and I freely admit it. ;-)