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Old 05-26-2008, 09:21 PM   #1
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Am I missing something?
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-W...QQcmdZViewItem


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.
I guess I could have a kid hold the hank for me while I wind it up?
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:46 PM   #2
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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.
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swifts are not crucial, they are just an aid to keep the hank in place whilst you wind. I use my feet!
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You can make your own swift too....

http://www.craftydiversions.com/patt...yarn_swift.htm
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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.
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Originally Posted by tarrentella View Post
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!
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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!
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Originally Posted by MAmaDawn View Post
You can make your own swift too....

http://www.craftydiversions.com/patt...yarn_swift.htm
Oh, what a good idea. I can put dh to work. He can finally build something that I can use.
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
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!
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Her is another SWIFT that you can make..
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