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Old 08-17-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Ball winder or wind by hand?

I've only been knitting about a year and purchased my yarn from Joann's. I've just made a big purchase of purewool for winter gifts and now I wonder if I want a ball winder or if I should just do it myself. I saw a tutorial on knittinghelp.com and it seems easy enough. But is it that much easier with a gizmo? Do I want to spend money and space for it?

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Old 08-17-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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A ball winder is worth every penny IMO. A swift is also useful especially with Purewool which tangles really bad.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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After spending more time untangling yarn than actually crocheting it, I found that a winder was well worth the $25 I spent getting it. I got mine from Knitpicks.com because it was cheaper than any other I could find, and you can hold it or clamp it on a table. I can wind a 4 oz skein in 5 minutes or less.

I don't have a swift. That I can manage without, I just use a rotating office chair.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:20 PM   #4
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yes its worth every penny and a swift is a life saver too. KP has the cheapest ones around. My lys lady tells ppl to go to kp as she cant beat the price.
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I'll just ditto the other knowledgeable knitters. I got mine from my MIL before I really got into knitting quite so much and wasn't that excited... now I can't imagine the time it has saved me!
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yes, oh my gosh, I hate winding by hand, it takes forever!!!!!
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Re: Ball winder or wind by hand?

Winding purewool is the WORST yarn to wind ever so I'd not only get a ball winder I'd get a swift---or at LEAST a swift for that yarn. It's like the cat plays with it before they send it out it's so bad sometimes!
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Winding purewool is the WORST yarn to wind ever so I'd not only get a ball winder I'd get a swift---or at LEAST a swift for that yarn. It's like the cat plays with it before they send it out it's so bad sometimes!
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That is definitely one I have paid the co-op host to wind for me
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A winder is absolutely worth it especially with Purewool. *shudder* I love Purewool but oh man can it be tough to wind.
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Um, ball winder hands down (no pun intended ). I wound 18 balls of purewool in 1 hour last week so no question it is a lot faster. I also have an umberella swift which is super helpful.
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