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Old 01-18-2013, 02:03 AM   #1
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Manual yarn winders?
We received a very generous donation of yarn from a local yarn store, and we have a ton of yarn to wind! So I was thinking about getting a yarn winder. We can't afford an electric one so I'm just wondering what are some good manual winders that aren't too costly? Approximately how long does it take to wind a whole skein?

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Old 01-18-2013, 02:11 AM   #2
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That's wonderful!

I've heard this is a good one.

I always wind my own, but it would be hard with a lot of yarn. If all else fails I use this method and I make them in nice cakes like the ball winders do.

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Old 01-18-2013, 02:21 AM   #3
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I have the Knit Picks winder, I like it, it's faster than winding by hand. I can't say how long it takes. I know it makes frogging easier if I'm starting with the end of the yarn I can just wind and frog at the same time.
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My manual yarn winder is my hubby! I can rent him to you if it helps, lol!
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:45 AM   #6
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I was watching a video about how to knit socks, and the woman in the video used a similar yarn winder as the one from KnitPicks. She blasted through half a big skein of yarn in about a minute, so I would think that this would make your life much easier--even with lots and lots of yarn.

If you get one, please do give us an update. I've been wanting to know how these work for others ever since I saw that video.

Meanwhile, must teach hubby a new trick!
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The only hand cranked model I've ever used was ... not good. I wish I I could remember who built so I could tell you to avoid it. It was almost faster to do it by hand, except for the time we had to wind nearly a mile of sock yarn. And even then it took both of us to operate the froggin' thing. It was bad. Bad, bad, bad, twenty bad.

Depending on how generous the LYS is, they might wind it for you. I know the stores I go to here will wind any yarn you buy from them free of charge (I prefer to wind my own, machine wound balls always have The Wad when you start them).

Failing that, you could always have a Wind-a-Thon with the local scout troop or something. (They're always looking for service projects, right?) Might cost you a couple of dozen pizzas or something, but I bet it'd get done quick. Many hands make light the work as they say. Now how well the balls would be wound is another story...
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