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Topic: Home-made yarn winder (Now with more pictures)  (Read 178924 times)
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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2005 05:01:56 AM »

Great idea!  But I bet my 5 year old would somehow take it apart and build something else.   Cheesy


« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2005 10:56:07 PM »

That is AWESOME!! I have sent the link, REPEATEDLY, to my boyfriend in hopes he will feel inspired and put his legos forth to the better good of our relationship (ie anything that makes me happy behooves our situation!!)  Wink
« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2005 10:30:35 AM »

wow. that is so amazing. I don't think I could do it, but my little bro is a lego genius. He still has all his lego's even though he's 17. I wonder how much I'd have to pay him to get him to build me one.


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f*** it dude, let's go bowling.

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« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2005 11:01:10 AM »

That is amazing!  Shocked Shocked I can't believe I haven't seen this here before! I am going to challenge my little sister to make one of these!

« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2005 01:43:36 PM »

Happy New Year everyone!  I just wanted to share my new yarn related Xmas present with everyone.  For christmas I aquired over 20 lovely hanks of yarn, but with no winder it'd be 20 hours of winding before any knitting could begin.  So my boyfriend came up with this ingenius solution:
Yes, I am the luckiest knitter around.  Now if only he could make a lego spinning wheel... Smiley

Now for more pictures and description of how it's built go here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21252.msg201750#msg201750

Your boyfriend is rad!!!  I'm going to have to make one myself instead of buying the ugly blue and white one.

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« Reply #25 on: August 29, 2005 04:22:53 PM »

You should make like a lego kit and sell it! I know I would buy it! (goes to dig through her brothers legos to create one.)
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« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2005 04:56:08 PM »

As the "handy" partner of a "crafty" girl, my sweetie sends props!  That's awesome!

Let's hear it for the spouses who can describe the process of making a cabled scarf yet don't now how to hold needles.  Cheesy
« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2005 05:22:34 PM »

What was used to hold the yarn that it was winding onto?  It looks like and upside down jar lid over a film canister.

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« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2005 01:38:33 AM »

Wow!  Thanks so much everyone for the great comments, I still use the winder on a regular basis and it hasn't failed me yet (nor has my bf).

TinyTallGirl: The yarn is wound onto a large white wheel (what looks like a jar lid) connected to a series of smaller tires.  We wrapped a piece of paper around the tires and cut a notch in the top for centre pull.  Though I'm sure in a pinch a few film canisters would do the trick if you could keep them together, might not be enough friction though.
« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2005 01:34:12 PM »

That's awesome!  I love Lego Mindstorms.  We use them at work to teach the kids about robotics (I work for a kids engineering camp). 

For those people who were looking at building them who don't have the right parts kicking around:  Lego stopped standard kits of Mindstorms a year or two ago, but they still sell educational kits and solo pieces through educational supply stores like Spectrum.  Keep in mind, however, that a kit costs a couple hundred dollars.  An RCX brick (the yellow "brain") costs close to a hundred on it's own, and the motor another twenty.
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