One of my favorite things is working with other small operations to bring you cool stuff. Wool Tree Mill is a small company in Mckinleyville, CA, that makes beautiful wood knitting tools. The Wool Trees allow you to work from the outside of a ball of yarn, tangle free. The lucets are tools dating from medieval times that allow you to quickly produce a strong cord similar to i-cord. I just started playing around with one, and after watching a few minutes of online video, it made perfect sense. Apparently there are multiple methods (including some beaded options)--I'm looking forward to exploring more when I have a little more time!
The Wool Trees are $44, and the Lucets are $18.50, and either would be a great gift!