I need some new craft tools. Okay, maybe “need” isn't entirely the right word, but you know what I mean. It would be nice to have the tools I feel I need, though I'm sure my life will go on swimmingly without them. It has so far!
On the one hand, yarn which has been wound on a ball winder takes up less space. I have a lot of hanks and skeins of yarn. Sunday, I will be getting yet more yarn (and crochet and knitting needles), that belonged to my recently deceased cousin. I barely have room for the yarn I already own, so anything that makes it easier to store would be awesome. If I wind it all into center pull balls by hand, I will be at it until the day I die, so a ball winder would be nice to own. Cheap ball winders are cheaply made, and if there's one thing I've learned, it's not to scrimp when buying tools. You just end up paying more in the end. While I'm not inclined to pay $200 for the best ball winder ever, because once the heavy lifting of balling up my and my mother's yarn stashes is done, the thing isn't going to get used a lot. Therefore, I have picked out a mid-range $50 ball winder that gets good reviews and will probably do the job I need it to do for the rest of my natural life.
On the other hand, I've really been enjoying working with wire and have an eye to eventually making myself (and maybe my friends and family) some jewelry I designed myself. Would make some awesome Xmas presents! Problem is some of the wire working tools I own are not appropriate to the delicate task (because I have used them for more industrial purposes where mangling the wire isn't a problem), and I lack a few tools that would really make the whole process easier and the outcomes better. Also, better wire would help. All of these things add up to $50. Amazing isn't it?! I swear it's like everything always adds up to $50 these days.
So I've been debating with myself on the merits of buying one thing over another. Sure, I could probably afford to buy both, but they haven't yet genetically engineered a tree that spouts dollar bills, and I'm not yet made of money myself, so I prefer to be as frugal as possible … and I'm trying to trim down the number of “things” I own to simplify my existence, so just buying everything all the time is like the antithesis of that philosophy. No matter how much I might WANT (or, you know “need”) all the things all the time, I can't let myself just buy them all. My house is too small, and my bank account isn't that large either. Also, they aren't really necessary for my existence, like say food and utilities.
In the end, the thing I should spend $50 on is silver paint or ink and black acrylic to get to work on the project I have decided will be the first use for that roll of primed canvas taking up space in my living room. I don't know if any of you remember this little painting I did some months ago (exceedingly long blog post about it here).
I've decided to go ahead with the gallery wall filling series of interconnected paintings based on this tiny little thing. Possibly even some metal sculpture work as well in the same theme. People love this little painting (as do I), and of all the work I have been doing, it's the one that won't leave me alone. It keeps screaming MORE DO MORE AND BIGGER at me. So I'm going to do just that. But to do that, I am going to need a lot of black paint, and I need to do product testing to find some silver ink or paint that will be easier to work with and better than Sharpie markers (nothing against them, I love them, but on the scale I'll be working they won't do). So that's what I should be buying, but I'm pretty sure all that paint and the new brushes I'll need are going to cost significantly more than $50. In fact, I'm sure I don't want to think about how much it'll cost.
So … I might as well spend a piddling $50 on either yarn organization or wire working, right? It's not going to make a dent in the major project in the long run. And like I said in the post I linked to above, I can't really start working on large canvases until such time as I have gotten my workspace in order, and because I am in the middle of doing just that (this week I have begun tackling the closet which contains more art supplies than it does clothes creating madness in my whole home), obviously anything that brings me closer to being ready for working on this project is technically money spent investing in said project! Right? RIGHT?! You know you agree with me. My logic is impeccable.
Therefore, the correct choice for what to spend $50 on is clear. I should buy the ball winder, so my yarn takes up less closet space, thereby allowing me to move things taking up room in my workspace into the closet, which will facilitate my being able to work on large canvases and get moving on this project.
Justification complete! A ball winder it is!