We've all looked at them, the spinning wheels, the ridgid-heddle weaving looms, expensive yarn swifts and electric winders. Eagerly and with some fascination we have toyed with the idea of an electric knitting machine, designer yarns and all the other tools and gadgets that would eventually end up being a monumental bill.
At the end of the day, we all have to look at our budgets and decide if investing in these items will be worth it, even if we have to penny pinch in the long run. I'm not willing and I am sure it is not me alone, to spend 500US on a spinning wheel and watch it gathering dust quite attractively in a corner of my workspace, nor do I want to buy a loom and realise that I detest weaving, even though I liked doing a more simplified version.
Despite all of these practicalities and misgivings, I maintain that investing in crafting, when done carefully can be very rewarding. I want to start off with a laptop, then follow with a stock of quality wool in a good colour selections. A yarn-ball winder/swift and various blocking tools would follow.
To this end I am considering taking out a small loan. It may seem crazy to some but I think it is the best way to go. I'm running my mind ragged making plans, drawing up budgets and screaming at the numbers.
Is there like at the end of this tunnel? I'm an unreformed shopaholic trying to control my impulsiveness and yet congratulate myself for what I manage to achieve. I think a loan would be the answer to my current crunch, but that's just for now.
I can't anticipate all life's problems but I'm trying to deal with what is before me right now. So for now, is crafting a worthy investment for me at this stage of life... a tentative yes.