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Old 03-13-2006, 04:02 PM   #1
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Best ball winder?
Is there a particular one to stay away from? What would be considered the best bang for your buck? What about swifts? All they all pretty good, or are there some to run from?

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Old 03-13-2006, 04:14 PM   #2
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Thanks for asking these questions, I need to know too. I am tired of winding by hand. My arms are so tired! :-)
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Old 03-13-2006, 04:24 PM   #3
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The most common ball winder around is the blue and white one made by Royal. I love mine. There is another one that costs less--I'm not sure of the make--and I know some people have it but I haven't heard any complaints there, either.

I have the wooden clamp-on-the-table swift. It's Swedish. It was one of the more expensive ones out there, but I'm impressed at it's craftsmanship and I know it will last a lifetime. It collapses for easy storage. Others like the stand-on-the-table swift and have had not problems, either.

I think that if you used them everyday, you'd want the best quality ones. Since ball winding is a sporatic thing for most of us, any of them will really do.
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i went to Joann.com and typed in Swift and that's where i got my swift. Used a 50% coupon (which can be found at www.currentcodes.com ) and got it for a good price. love it.

also got the same ball winder as they have on there but i got it at my LYS because i would get it faster and it was only like $2 more. (i have no patience for waiting!)

if you are going to use coupons with them you have to do them as two separate orders and can't use the same coupon twice but if you are patient you can get them both fairly cheap and they are good!
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Okay, so do I invest in a swift or a winder? Which is more important to have?
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Winder by far, in my opinion. Everyone's got something they can put a hank over. Or if you have two people, one can hold the hank while the other winds. Or you could even hold it and wind with your foot. The balls come off the winder not too tightly wound, in a nice flat-sided center pull ball.
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I am buying one tonight. I need to organize my yarn and I think if I had nice even same balls of everything I could organize and store it better.
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Winder by far, in my opinion. Everyone's got something they can put a hank over. Or if you have two people, one can hold the hank while the other winds. Or you could even hold it and wind with your foot. The balls come off the winder not too tightly wound, in a nice flat-sided center pull ball.
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Great for the calf muscles, though!
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