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Old 02-22-2006, 01:54 PM   #1
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Deep breath...just walk away...
I just recieved a surprise in the mail the other day! Okay, wasn't much a big surprise since I knew it was coming. :rollseyes: But I got my order from Knitpicks! I opened it up and started rubbing all the purdy yarn against my cheek, I was so excited. I also got a cool ball winder thing cuz the last time I did it by hand, I spent 2 hours trying to undo knots. I set up the winder so I can wind up my Shimmer yarn in Happy Dance for my Clapotis. My heart is jumping because I'm thinking to myself In just a few minutes, I'm going to start knitting! I untwisted the hank and had my 3 yo daughter wind up yarn while I held the yarn in my hands. No more than 2 minutes, I STILL have a huge knot! What am I doing wrong? I was so irritated that I just left it out there....
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Old 02-22-2006, 02:07 PM   #2
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well some hanks are badly wound to begin with. you have to make sure the lead yarn is on the outside of the hank as you start winding....

there are some yarns i swear i will never buy again because the hanks are so badly done. too many loops tying them together, twisted in on itself, etc...but the colors are just so pretty. :rollseyes:
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See, they hook you in with the ball winder and then you realize you need the swift to go with it. :rollseyes:
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hehehe.....i didn't want to drop that bomb quite yet. :rofling:
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sigh.........off to see how much a swift is.....
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$62.50?!! Seriously?? Can't I just make my 3 year old hold the yarn and spin around just as fast as a swift?
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lol that sounds like the www.joann.com pricing. you can get coupons to make that so much less horrible. let's see....

FEBH640 ends either today or Friday (there is conflicting information on www.currentcodes.com ) and will give 40% off any 1 regularly priced item.

CELEBRATE652 ends 2/28 and is 50% off any 1 regular priced item.

FEBFSE6252 ends today and is free shipping on $25 or more.

can't combine codes sadly so the shipping one would be the least beneficial.


eta--Looks like Joanns has it on sale right now for $50 so you would have to see how much shipping is to see which one is better offer.
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Thanks, brendajos! It's sweet folks like you that make this forum so great...Now, if only you could make my paycheck be direct deposited right now instead of midnight tonight!

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sweet :rofling:


believe me if i had that kinda magic!!


just so you know, if you use the 50% coupon joanns will only take it off the regular price, which brings it down to something like $30...they won't take it off the sale price. I believe mine was $45 total shipped. it will be fun for the three year old to watch!


careful though, you still have to pay attention to how you put it on the swift to make sure the lead yarn is on the outside (i have trouble with this all the time) and some yarns are so messy it is hard to tell where the lead really is. try to be more patient than i am when you are using them!! :rofling: :rofling:
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You're not alone! I just got my shimmer in the mail yesterday as well. Sat down to watch a movie, stretched the hank out on my feet and started winding on my thumb. Well, apparently I wound too tightly and when I pulled my thumb out I had a HUGE mess. Which took me another 2 hours to untangle. I finally got it all straightened out, but now one strand is longer than the other. (You have to knit two strands together.) So, I guess I'll have to figure out which is the shorter one and unwind some more of my precious center-pull ball. -_-*

...I've never known so much about knots and tangly messes until I started knitting. I just don't understand how ONE strand can act like it's 50 and cause such a mess... Crazy.
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