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tokmom
05-26-2008, 09:21 PM
My mom was cleaning out her closet and found this. She used to have a knitting machine years ago. It's a ball winder that looks just like this one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/JUMBO-L-2-WOOL-WINDER-FOR-KNITTING-YARN-BROTHER-NEW_W0QQitemZ350062373069QQihZ022QQcategoryZ28146Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


I thought I could use it to wind my hanks into balls, but don't I need that yarn holder that looks like an umbrella/spindle? I have NO idea what it's called.:aww:
I guess I could have a kid hold the hank for me while I wind it up?

Ingrid
05-26-2008, 10:46 PM
The umbrella-thingy is a swift, and it's great for holding the hanks as you wind them. You can hold the yarn and have someone wind or vice versa, though, it's not mandatory to use a swift.

tarrentella
05-27-2008, 08:35 AM
swifts are not crucial, they are just an aid to keep the hank in place whilst you wind. I use my feet!

MAmaDawn
05-27-2008, 08:39 AM
You can make your own swift too....

http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm

Wanda Witch
05-27-2008, 02:45 PM
Swifts are great, but not mandatory as Ingrid wrote. I wouldn't part with mine though. Between the ball winder and the swift the job gets completed in nothing flat.

Crycket
05-27-2008, 03:27 PM
swifts are not crucial, they are just an aid to keep the hank in place whilst you wind. I use my feet!

Now that is a good idea....feet! And I have been getting DF to do it for me....

Great Idea!

knitasha
05-27-2008, 08:08 PM
The ball winder really isn't mandatory either, but it's fun to use and very efficient. In about five minutes you can wind enough yarn for a major sweater into neat, flattened "cakes" that don't roll around when you knit with them. Go for it!

tokmom
05-28-2008, 11:48 PM
You can make your own swift too....

http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm

Oh, what a good idea. I can put dh to work. He can finally build something that I can use.:yay: :teehee:

tokmom
05-28-2008, 11:49 PM
The umbrella-thingy is a swift, and it's great for holding the hanks as you wind them. You can hold the yarn and have someone wind or vice versa, though, it's not mandatory to use a swift.


Yes, a swift. That's the word. Thanks!

Miss Kittie
05-29-2008, 10:55 AM
Her is another SWIFT (http://webeccasays.blogspot.com/2008/05/tilta-swift.html) that you can make..