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Topic: What do I do if I have a ball winder but don't have a yarn swift?  (Read 1792 times)
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ibunnysavetroy
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2007 11:57:20 AM »

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i don't own a ball winder, but i hate skeins. my first incounter w/ one was awful. it took three hours to wind it. eek! but office chairs w/ pencils are amazing!
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2007 06:15:25 PM »

oh man.. that picture made me LOL. what a great idea.
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2007 06:53:15 PM »

its not my idea, it was from a forum here on craftster. i like you all so much, i got off my chair and found six unsharpened pencils!
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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2007 11:10:38 PM »

oh man.. that picture made me LOL. what a great idea.

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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2007 09:21:36 AM »

I've made do without either since I started knitting. I have had it with winding every single ball by hand( I have  a lot of yarn , a habit of switching yarns and a yarn loving puppy) The swift I can see the use for but I usually just lay the skein infront of me and carefully wind. I guess it all depends on your patientce level really.
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2007 05:31:46 PM »

I use a lamp. Just put it over the lampshade and loosen it a bit (the lampshade screw). Works great unless the skein is too big, then I use my husband  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2007 07:19:52 AM »

I use my knees as well.  I discovered (and this may be obvious, I d'know) that if you hold the strand high above your knees while winding you don't have to stop to unwind the yarn from around your knees and it goes quite quickly. Does that make sense? 
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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2007 11:27:35 AM »

I made a very simple one out of K'nex. I tried the knees and toes and also putting the yarn in a lage circle on the table, but always ended up with a mess.

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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2007 01:38:36 PM »

I LOVE that K'nex swift! That is truly brilliant!

So I don't have a swift, but man I wish I did. I spent WAY more money that I usually do on a 560 yard skein of laceweight handpainted yarn when I was on vacation. I asked my husband to hold it for me while I wound it on my ball winder, but he decided that my strategy "wasn't effective" so when I took a break and went to the bathroom, he dumped the yarn on the ground and just started winding. I am currently figuring out what to do with approximately the most expensive and extensive tangle of yarn that has ever existed. If anyone has any advice for this, I would sincerely appreciate it! (referrals to divorce lawyers would also be helpful*)

*obviously joking, but man I was mad.
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« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2007 01:44:51 PM »

I'm currently trying to sort out a similar mess. My puppy is a yarn enthusiast. The best way to deal with it would be to find one end and very very carefully untangle one inch at a time.
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