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Nedrian
« on: November 20, 2010 03:11:06 PM »

i'm going to be buying a yarn winder soon, probably from amazon or michael's. i'm not really sure in what to be looking for in buying one though, so anyone have any pointers? michael's only had one selection, and all i really know about it is that it's electric.

i was looking into one on amazon, looking for the cheapest, but the reviews for the cheapest one i found said that it doesn't really wind bigger quantities of yarn... and i will need some massive amounts of yarn wound, from like the one pound skeins.

thanks in advance for any feedback~
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2010 10:28:48 PM »

You mean to make center-pull balls? I have a small, hand-cranked one that clamps on to the edge of a table/countertop/whatever. It actually works really well. It -does- make smaller balls, about half a standard skein per ball, but they're just the right size to carry around and be able to work with easily.

I would actually recommend a hand-cranked winder over an electric for two reasons:
1. using electricity for something that can be done easily by hand is not green.
2. if the yarn slips out of the guide, or gets wrapped around the guide wire, it's easier and faster to stop a hand wound machine than an electric one. Much less a headache that way.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2010 03:02:47 AM »

I've also heard that the electric ball winders don't do a great job. I've heard they don't have enough power and just stop working sometimes. I'd go with a hand crank one. I got the knitpicks once but it doesn't wind very big balls.
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2010 07:59:00 AM »

I have the knit picks one as well. I agree with going with a manual one, it's much easier to adjust the tension, you dont want to wind it too tight and stretch out the yarn.  I dont know that you can buy one to wind the 1 pound skeins, you may just have to make lots of smaller ones, which are easier to handle anyway. Good luck!
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