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kellyjo32
09-01-2006, 09:14 AM
Does anyone have a plan for making a ball winder? I love the idea of a wooden one, but I think the Strauch is a bit pricey, especially since DH thinks he'd be able to make one, if he just had an idea of how it works. We've only seen the Strauch one in person once, and at the time we weren't thinking about making one, so we didn't think to inspect it better.

Pixywhispers
09-01-2006, 09:47 AM
I have a regular winder. And I pull from the middle. I've never had a problem with it.

jamiejeans
09-01-2006, 09:48 AM
My LYS has a ball winder that I use and I always pull from the middle. no probs.

kellyjo32
09-01-2006, 09:57 AM
Sorry, I guess I confused everyone with the "center pull", I should have left that out. Just a regular ball winder is what I want, to make a finished product just like the plastic ones, but I wanted it to be wooden. And I really wanted DH to be able to make one, since he wanted to help.
*sorry for confusing you guys!* :doh:

Ingrid
09-01-2006, 11:22 AM
There are a lot of homemade swifts out there, but I did remember this (http://trekcelt.blogspot.com/2005/10/ball-winding.html) idea for a ball winder.

Pixywhispers
09-01-2006, 11:27 AM
<shudder> Electric tools and yarn together skeer me. I think I've also seen someone use a mixer in the same fashion.

What scares me is a cat or kid does something, you get distracted for a second and you have a huge mess to figure out.

Ingrid
09-01-2006, 11:40 AM
:rofl: I guess you'd have to lock yourself in the bathroom.

kellyjo32
09-01-2006, 11:54 AM
:rofl: I guess you'd have to lock yourself in the bathroom.

Well, I guess that would be the perfect place to be, considering the tp roll you need! :roflhard:

Seriously though, that might be an idea until he can figure one out. But it's not very pretty!! I can just picture showing someone my stash...oohh, ahhh, here's my Malabrigo...here's my Manos, and over here...oh, that's just my power drill for winding all this beautiful yarn into a ball! :oops: :roflhard:

Julie
09-01-2006, 12:07 PM
There's always the mixer method (http://knitting.about.com/library/weekly/aa010603.htm).... :mrgreen:

Nikki
09-03-2006, 11:38 AM
Try this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21252.msg201750#msg201750

I Googled "homemade yarn winder"
Nikki

kellyjo32
09-05-2006, 06:29 AM
Okay, so in a pinch, I gave the power drill method a try. Well, it worked, temporarily. As soon as I pulled a few yards out of the middle, the whole thing fell into a big pile of yarn vomit. Now I think I'm worse off than I was. I kept saying to DH semi-under my breath, I need a ball winder, this wouldn't happen if I just had a ball winder! I think he's got the hint now! :eyebrow:
The poopy part is, I need to frog my green gable, but without a winder, I really don't even feel like attempting it. I can do it by hand, but holy moly, Cotton Fleece is 200+ yards. Not fun!!

Nikki
09-05-2006, 06:57 AM
Drat, I'm sorry.
Nikki

rebecca
09-05-2006, 08:32 AM
So sorry about the GG :frog: what happened?!

kellyjo32
09-05-2006, 08:43 AM
wrong cast on, the neck is square (long tail cast on) instead of boat neck (backwards loop) the pattern didn't specify which to use, and it wasn't until I posted a question about it here, because I had seen some other square looking necks, that i found out. apparently i'm not the first to frog because of the wrong cast on. i'm considering emailing the girls at Zephyr Style so they can clarify.

rebecca
09-05-2006, 09:00 AM
Kelly, I just got an email from www.knittng-warehouse.com and they have ball winders on sale (while supplies last) for $22.09 if you want to go ahead and buy one.