I'm totally impressed. Usually I expect these kinds of things to just be a waste of money, but this works perfectly. It's basically just a block of styrofoam-looking pumice which can be used to brush down, smooth out, and lift the pills off fabrics. I've used it on cashmere and wool sweaters, cotton and linen shirts, and old flannel sheets and it worked great on all of them. Be careful when using with more-delicate and loose-knit sweaters/fabrics though and brush in the direction of the pattern, not against it or else run the risk of pulling out an entire stitch or thread. I find it easier to brush while wearing the sweater rather than trying to do it on a hanger or lying flat. The stone itself does wear down during use and will probably leave a small amount of black dust where you are working which can easily be picked up with a damp sponge.
Very good yarn for baby blankets. Sometimess splits a little so when you crochet or knit make sure you have picked up the whole yarn and not gone in between with the needle or hook.
As my first drop spindle, I love this thing! I tried making my own out of a dowel and toy wheel (as many people suggest) but the wheel was too small and ended up not having enough weight on it for spinning worsted weight yarn. This spinde does great with spinning chunky yarn too. The only downside is that it has no hook at the top (which I commonly see on other drop spindles) so it does "drop" here and there, but you can always just pick it right back up! Also the whorl is quite large, so spinning anything dainty on it might now be a good idea...but you can always have it on a surface and not have any weight pulling at the yarn.
I love the rosewood hooks. They are so light, warm and I have less hand fatiigue. We don't have a hobby store in my small town so I count on Overstock to pick one or two things at a time and not blow my budget! Overstock is the BEST.
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