It seems like a million years ago, but I once thought that I was going to go into biological research. I got a BA in biology, worked on a prairie restoration project, was a student worker in the biology department, and did other science-y things. Instead of going on to grad school for biology, I freaked out my parents and went into a program that turns scientists into filmmakers
. A few weird turns later, and I'm working for Knit Picks!
All of this is just me trying to explain why I wanted a test tube rack for my needle tips - I am a huge, unrepentant nerd.
I used a company out of New Zealand, Ponoko
, to make a prototype of what I wanted. It's a pretty slick service - you draw up your plans, put them into a template, and then they laser cut your design out of the material of your choice. I made up my little plan, sent it off, and got back the pieces in a little over a week. This picture is of my original - it had flat sides (instead of round columns) and needed to be glued together with epoxy, but it worked!
I brought it in to show Tina and Bob, and Tina worked with our manufacturer to alter the design a little so that it could be shipped and assembled more easily. It was really interesting to see the different stages of development, from prototype to finished product
, and now I'm all excited that it's up on the website so I can send the link to my mom (I'm out of pictures for her to hang on the fridge).
I still have a couple of the prototype version of the stand, and they live on my desk by my drum carder and all my other fiber-related gear. It's nice to be able to see at a glance which of my tips are in use and which ones I have available. It's also good for when I can't find my View Sizer
anywhere and have a handful of tips that I need to identify - I can just return them to their homes.