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« Reply #820 on: November 18, 2006 08:26:00 AM »

I love the teal - what are you using for a winder though?  I'd love to be able to wind my wool up like that!
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« Reply #821 on: November 18, 2006 08:37:29 AM »

I have a ball winder- just a plastic one, but that and a swift make all the difference in the world for dismantling, etc.  plus, I set the swift at 1 yard around, and then I just count my strings and know my yardage on recycled yarns.
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« Reply #822 on: November 18, 2006 08:38:49 AM »

Please forgive my ignorance here - what's a swift, and where would I find information about making/buying a winder?  My daughter unwinds sweaters, and I have hanks of yarn for koolaid dying, and I don't know the best way to get these wound up - right now, we do them by hand.
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« Reply #823 on: November 18, 2006 08:45:40 AM »

A swift is a wooden contraption whose arms fold in and out [kind of like an umbrella] to hold a skein of yarn while you wind it. Both can be purchased at joann's, or joann's.com You might want to wait for a coupon since the swift they carry is something like $60 [not much for the amount of use it will get, but I'm cheap about things like that]. Google yarn swift or umbrella swift or yarn ball winder and you'll get way more info.
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« Reply #824 on: November 18, 2006 09:10:06 AM »

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« Reply #825 on: November 18, 2006 12:13:28 PM »



i finally dyed some yarn! i was surprised at how easy it was. and amazed by how the water turns clear. thanks so much for the tutorial!
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« Reply #826 on: November 18, 2006 05:08:06 PM »

Here is a thread that talks about making your own swift. It is very easy and much less expensive even if you have a half off coupon. I made 3 of them for $21.00, I had access to a drill press and table saw so it only took about 15-20 minutes for all three - probably about the same time for one with a regular drill and saw.

There are some threads with directions for making a ball winder but I think they aren't too bad, specially with a coupon.
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« Reply #827 on: November 18, 2006 05:58:23 PM »

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« Reply #828 on: November 18, 2006 10:03:34 PM »

has anyone tried dyeing crochet thread or any other cotton yarn?
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« Reply #829 on: November 18, 2006 10:08:46 PM »

Unfortunately, Koolaid won't dye cotton...or other vegetable fibers (bamboo, linen, etc.) Only protein based fibers like wool and silk.
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