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Old 07-15-2008, 01:15 AM   #11
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I hate to hijack this thread, but I just got a ballwinder as well, m yproblem is that I'm trying wind large skeins and it won't fit - is tehre any way to wind large hanks without break yarn?
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:48 AM   #12
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There are different size ball winders. From my limited experience the ball winders that seem most readily available are for commercial (read Wal-Mart, Lion Yarns etc.) size skeins. There are large ball winders available. Search the web, one ecample:

http://www.paradisefibers.net/Jumbo-...der-p/3817.htm

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http://www.spinnerschoice.com/winding%20tools.htm
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Originally Posted by heeranc View Post
I hate to hijack this thread, but I just got a ballwinder as well, m yproblem is that I'm trying wind large skeins and it won't fit - is tehre any way to wind large hanks without break yarn?
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I have recently heard about a NÝstepinde (Scandinavian Ball-Winder" or Nest Stick) for winding yarn. They have some very fancy wooden ones or you could cut about a foot off of a wooden broom handle, sand smooth and use that (OK so I'm cheap). I would assume that the size of the ball wound is only limited by how much can you lift.

Instructions and more information:

http://www.hatchtown.com/nostdir.html

http://www.turningsandshavings.com/Nostipinda.htm
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I made one of the thingies Chris is talking about with a peice of PVC piping. Sanded it really smooth, and I've rolled everything from wool to silk on that thing with out any problems. Plus it doesn't take up a huge amount of space.
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I made one of the thingies Chris is talking about with a peice of PVC piping. Sanded it really smooth, and I've rolled everything from wool to silk on that thing with out any problems. Plus it doesn't take up a huge amount of space.


This is just a thought and I haven't worked out the details. If you use a pipe, PVC, copper etc. you could plug one end and put a screw cap on the other. This way you could carry your ball winder and store double point needles at the same time.
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That is a really neat idea!
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