This nifty gadget my husband found at a local thrift shop it's an umbrella swift or reel winder. It makes making balls from skeins of yarn a whole lot easier and faster.
I never ever expected myself to have the courage and the patience to start and work on a project like the one below. It's a slightly modified version of a Edwardian 1907 shawl. I found the pattern on Ravelry and couldn't resist trying it. It's called Seems Like Old Times by Michele duNaier
The completed shawl has 457 rows, and I am starting on my 12th. So I've got still a lot of rows to go.
Maybe I'll even find the courage for other historical crochet patterns: