I adore looking (and owning, when possible) at beautifully made tools for hand work. That's one of the reasons why I've had a subscription to Piecework magazine for years -- there is always some "tool" feature in each issue.
I have not been interested in spinning, mostly because I just don't think my stash space and the rest of my life can accept rovings and a spinning wheel. But I wouldn't mind learning how to use a drop spindle.
So ... check out July 19th's blog post from lacefreak - these are some of the most beautifully crafted items I've ever seen IN MY LIFE.
Be prepared to drool over your monitor!
And I haven't done any mitten work for a week now ... sigh.