Medical and Scientific Illustrators are visual problem solvers. We show and educate something that cannot be easily seen. How often do you see a see-thru liver? I thought so.
Medical illustrators are also sort of known for making fun things to visualize something that cannot be seen (ie. balloons with vessels drawn on, pipe cleaners for nerves, modeling clay for molecules, etc) ...I hope it's not just me.
Anyways, few weeks back I had a weird urge to spin some fiber sitting in the box of ultimate UFOs. So out came an original drop spindle using a CD, a chopstick, tape, and a stitchholder. Later the stitch holder got upgraded into a shaped paperclip:
I have also been meaning to get a kitchen/postal scale to measure how much yarn is left for better treatment of leftover yarn. I knocked off few hangers in the doorway and thought about making a Monty Python style scale using it.
"...If she weighs as much as a duck, she is made out of wood..."
"A witch! A witch!"
"We shall use the biggest scale in town"
Yeppers. It's surprisingly accurate. I used nickels and pennies for weights. A nickel weighs 5g, and a penny weighs 2.5g. I'm glad people at the mint think in metric.
I must have saved at least $40 by making these two stragely simple objects. Now I can buy $40 worth of yarn...when I use up all the yarn I have now. :)