söndag 25 november 2012

Nostepinne (Nystpinne in Swedish)

A couple of weeks ago I was on the Internet googling images for "nostepinne" (well, that´s the kind of guy I am ...). I already own several so I cannot claim to be in need of more of them. I just like to look at the craftsmanship - a well made tool is as nice to look at as e.g. a well made sweater. And them I saw these and just had to have them.
I tried to choose, but could not favour one before the other so I ordered both of them. And now they have arrived. The quality is very high and the finish is awesome -  I am so very pleased. They are my favourites. They are much thicker (diameter circa 35 mm) and heavier than my other nostepinnes (nystpinnar). The top one in the second picture is made from Sapele and the other one is made from Walnut.

Where did I find them? At Knitting Notions.

"Nostepinnes are tools used for hand winding yarn in a center pull ball. Some times they are referred to as winding sticks. The smooth end is for winding the yarn onto which will leave a soft center when the yarn is removed from the nostepinne; which prevents the ball from having too much tension in it. We turn our nostepinnes from domestic and exotic hardwoods. They are sanded to a fine, smooth finish and linseed oil is then applied followed by a final coat of wax. This creates a very smooth and lasting finish which shows off the beauty of the wood's natural grain and color." (from Knitting Notions)

4 kommentarer:

  1. I have never used Nostepinnes before but your new ones look very nice. I appreciate a good quality wood :-)

    SvaraRadera
  2. Wow, I've been following your blog for some time and I didn't realised you were a guy !
    (By the way, I like your blog very much)
    As for me (I'm french), I just know girl knitters, but I would like to know : are guy knitters commons in the north ? Or are you isolated ?

    SvaraRadera
    Svar
    1. Hi Lusianne, thank you for your comment. Sorry to say, but male knitters aren´t common in the north either. I do not know why so few men knit. I was taught by my mother before I started school - so I have been knitting on and off all my life. Nowadays I knit to relax and because it is my favourite way of being creative. I am also fascinated by the old textile techniques that are part of our cultural heritage.

      Radera