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Old 01-03-2011, 07:11 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
My swift and ball-winder spend more time at the dining room table than I do!
Mine too!

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there's a difference between a swift and ball winder?
This is a swift:

(And here's a nice review of swifts on Knitter's Review)

This is a ball-winder:

(with another good Knitter's Review article)

They work together for winding those big hanks. You put the hank on the swift, and untie the little ties that were added by the spinner (or manufacturer), then you pull out the beginning strand of yarn and attach that to your ball winder. Then, you wind the ball winder, while the swift spins round and round.

Here's a video of someone using both:
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:17 AM   #12
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I got my ball winder for a really great price on eBay. I just kept watching the auctions, and would make low bids on them. After a few weeks of patient bidding, I got my winder for about $8 (including shipping).

The seller had listed the winder in the wrong category on eBay, and called it by the wrong name. It was probably listed by a person that knew nothing about yarn. Lucky for me!
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:13 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Shandeh View Post
Mine too!


This is a swift:

(And here's a nice review of swifts on Knitter's Review)

This is a ball-winder:

(with another good Knitter's Review article)

They work together for winding those big hanks. You put the hank on the swift, and untie the little ties that were added by the spinner (or manufacturer), then you pull out the beginning strand of yarn and attach that to your ball winder. Then, you wind the ball winder, while the swift spins round and round.
Ah now I get it! I knew each was for winding but I wasn't sure how one related to the other and how it all worked exactly. This was good example.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:52 PM   #14
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I also recently ordered my swift and winder on ebay and got a much better deal there than anywhere else I saw online.

They haven't arrived yet so I can't comment on how I'm finding them!
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:51 AM   #15
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My mom winds hers by hand... I usually don't ball mine up because it always escapes me when I knit... that's so annoying! I just take the middle thread from the skein and pull from there. There's still a few skeins that I can't do that due to the way they wind them but most are so that I can pull from the middle. I also wind by hand when I have to.... and I think my mom winds them way too tight! It pisses me off when she winds my yarn up in a ball... what a waste of a skein... and it makes me knit up that stuff fast to make sure the yarn doesn't get messed up before it's used! Well, that or I just give the ball to her to use...
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Originally Posted by Mokumegane View Post
My mom winds hers by hand... I usually don't ball mine up because it always escapes me when I knit... that's so annoying! I just take the middle thread from the skein and pull from there. There's still a few skeins that I can't do that due to the way they wind them
If you make a center pull ball they won't roll away. Either that or get yourself a yarn bowl. There are instructions on how to wind a center pull ball in the video section under tips I think.

The ones you can't use without winding are called hanks.
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:14 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Mokumegane View Post
I think my mom winds them way too tight! It pisses me off when she winds my yarn up in a ball... what a waste of a skein... and it makes me knit up that stuff fast to make sure the yarn doesn't get messed up before it's used! Well, that or I just give the ball to her to use...
I used to have a friend that would balll up her yarn real tight like that. I don't think she realized that she was stretching out her yarn and messing it up. I've heard that when you knit with stretched out yarn like that, the item you knit will shrink up after the yarn finally rests. But sometimes, you stretch it out so much, that the yarn is just ruined.
Makes me sad.
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Originally Posted by Shandeh View Post
I used to have a friend that would balll up her yarn real tight like that. I don't think she realized that she was stretching out her yarn and messing it up. I've heard that when you knit with stretched out yarn like that, the item you knit will shrink up after the yarn finally rests. But sometimes, you stretch it out so much, that the yarn is just ruined.
Makes me sad.
I know... I get so emotional over it because it's such a waste of beautiful yarn... but I have to hold it in because my mom will just yell at me for being sad or angry that the yarn is being wasted... funny, huh?

To Jan: I know it's a hank.. just... my brain left the building the other day lol

I do want to get that swift, though... it would be MUCH better than the top of a chair, for sure.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:14 AM   #19
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You don't need the tools
The owner at my local yarn shop winds it into the center pull balls for me on hers. Ask the clerk. I've learned how to wind them by hand without the tools. Go to Youtube and type in Center pull ball.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:11 AM   #20
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If you're looking at swifts, too, check out table-top swifts that you don't have to clamp to the table. (A friend of mine has a lovely dining room table with curved edges - and her umbrella swift always slips off.) I love mine (found it on etsy), but usually I just drape a hank around my knees and hand-wind my balls of yarn.

Here's what a table-top swift looks like: http://www.etsy.com/listing/65697888...rder=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade&filter[1]=knitting

Here's an umbrella-style swift: http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewi...tml?rcmndsrc=2
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