A Story About Broomsticks, Turkey Basters, and Woodworking
So here it is, the big reveal of the TOP SECRET project:
Crocheters might be able to guess what this is . . . It’s a broomstick lace pin. TaDa!
A while back, I got interested in broomstick lace. Since then, I haven’t been able to find the perfect tool for making said lace. So I made my own. Interested? Read on . . .
Let me tell you a story:
As the name states, one can use the handle of a broomstick to make this lace (which is also called jiffy lace and peacock lace). This was the first “tool” I tried . . . and it was a disaster. Picture me flailing about on the couch, waving around a clunky broom and getting all tangled in yarn. Fail.
Next, I tried a turkey baster, because that’s what I had on hand that was similar in roundness to a broomstick, but wasn’t quite so unwieldy. This worked better, but it wasn’t ideal. And I certainly thought there must be a better tool than this.
I did a search for “broomstick lace pin.” The only thing I found was basically a single fat knitting-needle-looking thing. “Okay,” I thought, “This must be the holy grail for broomstick lace.” But wait, it has a little ridged stopper at the end. What if I want to make something wider than the length of this pin? Then what? Lame.
And yes, you can use a fat knitting needle. But, I didn’t need two knitting needles. Also, every honkin’ needle I found had a fat stopper end on it, so same problem as the broomstick lace pin.
So, I set out to make my own needle! It’s short enough that I can easily manipulate it, using just two hands rather than two hands and two knees (as most need to do with a long broomstick or piece of pipe). It’s nice and fat, yet lightweight – perfect for big, loopy lace. And finally, it has an eye hook at the end to attach a “lifeline,” making long rows easy and working in the round attainable! Here’s a peek at my latest project:
Easy, portable, versatile, and way less questionable than a turkey baster. I’m loving this right now, and I hope to have a broomstick lace pattern or two posted here soon. So, what do you think of my little Frankenstein? I’m thinking of putting some of these broomstick lace pins up in the shop soon, so I’d love to hear your thoughts!