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« on: November 29, 2007 05:40:13 AM »

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  Wink)
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
Un-wound yarn

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!!

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2007 06:01:10 AM »

That is AWESOME!  I am putting one together this weekend.  It will make unraveling items for yarn so much easier.  Thank you for coming up with this wonderful solution.
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007 07:34:09 AM »

Cool idea, and I even have the craft foam already!  Smiley  Next time I have to wind something, guess I'll head for DH's power tools!  Smiley


Where did all this fabric come from? I CAN'T have bought THAT much!
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007 03:08:34 PM »

You are my new hero! I'm going home tonight and demanding one of these! DH picked on me for days about winding some Ecuadorian wool around a chair to create a magic yarn ball for a swap partner. 

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