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Old 10-16-2005, 09:28 AM   #11
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I rewind my skeins into hand...because I like to throw them in a ziploc bag & snip the corner off & thread the yarn through the hole, this way it unwinds easily for knitting & never gets dirty . Perhaps I will get a ball winder...will is work with my swift*y* chair back? Because I use the back of this chair I'm sitting in now to put my hanks on & wind away, and wind, and wind and wind some more.....then, I do some more winding :rollseyes:
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Old 10-16-2005, 10:40 AM   #12
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I use the ball winder to rewind some of the pre-wound balls to get a looser tension, some of the prewound balls have small glitches (when hand knitting you can just undo and keep going, with machine knitting, it stops up everything, it gives a more even tension when there is no pull on the yarn. It's also great for wool, only downfall with mine is, that it can't support the entire hank, I usually have to make 3 sometimes 4 balls from one hank.
Hey I never thought of the ziploc bag idea, I have to try that, I make dishclothes at work to keep my hands busy, it would work great. Goal is 20 by xmas Iam at 14.
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Old 10-16-2005, 11:29 AM   #13
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I my ballwinder sort of gives you a theraputic release to make a large ball of yarn

I'm currently using the ziplock bags for the twisted mobius because it uses 3 different yarns and you use them separately every two rows while carrying the thread along the sides...the ziplock bags are coming in handy for this project

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Old 10-16-2005, 11:38 AM   #14
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And, also, the balls that a ball winder makes are DIFFERENT than the pre-wound balls at the store. They are FLAT on the ends....they dont roll around on you...and the tension IS nicer. I re-wind EVERYTHING now.
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Old 10-16-2005, 12:05 PM   #15
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And I don't rewind anything (except hanks.) So it's a matter of personal preference.
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Old 10-16-2005, 07:23 PM   #16
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