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Old 10-14-2005, 01:31 AM   #1
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Boy, do I need a yarn swifter and ball winder
Just look at this. My first time washing yarn, and putting it in a hank ( with a peice of wood and some nails...and my thumbs) and this is what happens! grr...


I mean it looked fine after the wash (I had tied it in increments to lessen this...) - the hank was still decent looking, but now I found the end and it's not getting pretty. It's getting tangled!
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Old 10-14-2005, 02:03 AM   #2
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Oh dear! But I can so relate! Hanks (the yarn ones, no offense meant towards the human ones ) and I so do NOT get along either.

My last attempt resulted in a bag if knots that still exists today. But I don't want to spend the $$ on a swift when I think about all the yarn it will buy!! Hopefully, my constant complaining and asking him to help with winding so I don't make any more messes will convince my hubby that he needs to make me one, and soon!

Hopefully the swift fairy will visit you soon too!

How are your knuckles/fingers feeling??
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Old 10-14-2005, 07:37 AM   #3
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OH! That looks SCARY!

If there is ANYTHING you can wrap that "hank" around....a chair back, etc., it will help. I had a hank that was really WIDE when I unwrapped it, so I faced TWO dining room chairs back-to-back, about a foot apart, and hung it around there. Anything to maintain the circle!! (Does that make ANY sense??)
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Old 10-14-2005, 11:53 AM   #4
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I have found that the best thing to use is two kids, LOL. On our last hank-winding session, one of my daughters was thinking "skein" and "hank" at the same time (she's not a knitter, but the other daughter is) and ended up calling it a "skank." We laughed our heads off.
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I call those "speak-os" Like typos, but verbal!
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Old 10-14-2005, 01:01 PM   #6
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Hanks are a PITA, but all my favorite yarns come that way! I plan on buying my SIL a swift and a ball winder for Xmas in hopes that she'll return the favor.
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Old 10-14-2005, 01:05 PM   #7
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Hi, I am new here but just had to comment on this one. Been there, done that. And my ball winder/swift are the best buys I ever made. You are going to really enjoy them when you get them and so much lovely yarn comes in hanks. Sarah
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Well, I did hint a lot to my boyfriend about it, so last night when I was on the phone with him he just kept saying "I know what I'm getting you for your birthday"...my birthday is in a month almost, so he's been talking about my birthday gifts for a while...saying "I dont know what to get you, but I have a list of things"...so I dont know exactly if he meant he's getting a winder/swift combo, but today he was asking me while at Joann's if they had some...they didnt that I saw - darnit.

I did think about wrapping it around something, but I needed to untangle it. I speant about 3.5 hours or more untangling it. I stayed up until around 2:30 last night untangling it. And I untangled the rest today. I started to wind the ball around my fingers, but that got soooo tiring, so I stopped. Now it's in a new mess that hopefully wont get as tangled. Because at least it's wrapped in a haphazard ball now. Just glad I don't have to deal with that horrible mess anymore. But I still have another hank I have to wash....grrr.

I hope my boyfriend's getting me a combo for christmas! I don't even care if it's out of connector sets!
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I just told my dh tonight that for Christmas I want a yarn swifter and ball winder for Christmas then I added some Alpaca would be nice too
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That's funny :-p I wouldn't mind the same thing...it all sounds so yummy
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