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Old 08-17-2009, 10:26 PM   #11
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Re: Ball winder or wind by hand?

I kind of enjoy hand winding....But I have a swift and a nostepinne and can wind 4oz in just under 10 min. There are times, though - when I'm looking at 40+ oz of freshly dyed yarn - that I can't believe I don't have a winder (those are the times I pack it all up and drive down the block to my lys and let them do it).

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A ball winder and a swift are musts IMHO. I use both of mine multiple times a week though.
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Re: Ball winder or wind by hand?

After having to help me wide some Purewool, DH ordered me to order a winder and swift.
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After having to help me wide some Purewool, DH ordered me to order a winder and swift.
Mine did the same thing!! He helped somewhat willingly the first few skeins...and then said enough...can't you buy something that will help you do this! So, I just ordered an umbrella swift from Knit Picks...I have to say that I'm a little clumsy w/ my ball winder, so even though it's much faster than doing it by hand, I think once I get the swift, nothing will stop me! I'll be winding all my yarn, just for the fun of it
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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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I make DH wind all my yarn---he's like a small boy when it comes to "toys" like that LOL
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