Since one of my major reasons for logging on to Craftster is to stalk my buddy Dulcinea for OWSes, I sent myself on a mission to procure a yarn winder for her since it was on her wish list. Of course, I went to ebay and quickly found that these suckers are upwards of $30, except for this one dude who was selling one for $7. And that is where I got the idea for this lovely thing, modeled by the extra-lovely Dulcinea:
Now she has a motorized
yarn winder of her very own. Here is how it all works and how you can make one for less than $5.
Electric drill (I'm assuming you already have one
1/4" thick round metal rod, about 12" long, found in the hardware section of Home Depot/Lowe's
One sheet of craft foam for the circles
1. Cut two 3" diameter circles out of the craft foam, and cut an 'x' in the centers.
2. Insert the rod into the drill's chuck and tighten like you would a regular drill bit. (Note: I went to a smaller hardware store and got a 36" rod for $2 and they were nice enough to cut it into three pieces for me and polish the ends.)
3. Slide one of the circles onto the rod and down to the bottom (this prevents your yarn from getting tangled in the drill).
4. Insert one end of the yarn through the center of the other circle and then slide this onto the rod as well. This will create a center-pull skein.
5. Wind the yarn a couple of times around the rod to set the tension, pull the trigger and wind faster than you have ever wound before!!
Feel free to PM with questions.