Yarn Gadgetry, Gizmos and Whatsits.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This gizmo arrived today - a yarn ball winder (from here). I've been wanting one of these for a really long time: there are so many skeins to wind, so many unruly yarn balls to sort out (like the one in the pic above). I ordered this last month so I have been very patiently waiting to crank the handle and start sorting things out. Oh the irony: more clutter for less clutter. It's a viscous yarn cycle.

It is so simple to set up and operate. You jig all the bits together, secure it to a table with the built-in clamp, and feed the yarn through the metal eyelet doo-hickey. Hey presto: yarn cakes. You're supposed to use a swift with this, which looks a bit like a fabric-less umbrella that holds your skeins, but I couldn't bring myself to buy another item that needs to be stored somewhere. I'll make do with some chairs for now, I think.

The pink yarn above was a giant mess, unraveled in the bottom of a project bag. Now, it's a neat and sturdy yarn cake, ready for knitting. 


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  1. I have had one of these on my wish list for years! I was given some odds and sods of yarn recently, a massive box full. Just as I'd finished winding them by hand into balls, the other half said "don't they make a machine for that?" so I said that yes, they do and so he asked why it wasn't on my wish list?!?!

  2. Oh my! The fun I had with one of these when I was a child! I just loved it when my Mum bought hanks of yarn and she needed them winding on this little contraption! Have fun!


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