Raise your hand if you thought there was not a chance I would not end up with this new yarn winder! 🙂
This is the one I got. I am kicking myself for not having gotten it sooner. It is truly amazing! I had been using one of the little plastic ones — this one:
I know that the new one was expensive and the old one was about $30 and I think I even got it with a Joann’s coupon, but there is no comparison! Even if the new one was twice as much, I still think it would be a good investment! Using the little one to wind 5 or 6 skeins of yarn at a time was torture on my wrist. Most skeins have 200 to 250 yards, sock yarn often has 400 yards but Wollmeise Lace has 1722 yards. I was dreading winding one of those skeins.
It’s hard to believe but there is no place in this house, except in one of the guest rooms, where I can clamp the swift and winder. I used to do it all in the sewing room . . pre-Boots! He thinks landing in the middle of the turning swift would be fun . . I think it might result in broken kitty bones so the yarn winding operation got moved back to the house. I was doing it on the front porch but with the winter, I had to find a place inside to do it. Our dining table has weird edges and nothing can clamp on it so I do it all in the extra bedroom.
It was truly a pleasure winding these balls of yarn this afternoon. Vince . . who has yet to learn when to keep his thoughts to himself said . . “I wish I knew why someone who is saving money needs to spend that much on something that just winds yarn into a goofy little ball!” So, I said to him .. YOU come in here and wind a skein on the old winder and YOU wind a skein on the new winder and YOU tell ME if you see a difference.
After about three cranks . . maybe 5 yards, on the old winder . .
Vince: I see what’s wrong! This one is not ergonomically correct and all the action is in your wrist!
Me: I don’t care what the term is or how you describe it . . the old one wasn’t working for me.
Vince: Here . . you can finish this ball.
Me: No, thank you! I’ve wound my last skein on that little one. YOU can finish it!
He decided that my new winder was a pretty good investment!
One thing I really like about it is that I can position the tension bar in different locations.
Simply lift the peg, re-position the tension bar, re-insert the peg.
I am very, very pleased with this new winder!