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styledbykristin
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Posted - 10/26/2005 :  05:36:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit styledbykristin's Homepage Send styledbykristin a Private Message
I wanted to know if anyone knew where to buy this ball winder. It was mentioned in an earlier thread as being a "good one". I have the small, plastic winder that you can buy for $35 - 40 in a LYS, mine is wearing out after about a year of abuse. I wanted to buy a better quality one that would last, and have the capacity to wind more yarn.

Is this the wooden winder that is advertised from time to time in the knitting mags?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Kristin

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Lanea
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Posted - 10/26/2005 :  05:58:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
You can get them right from the Strauchs:
http://www.strauchfiber.com/cgi-bin/BallWinder.cgi
I got mine from Carolina Homespun:
http://carolinahomespun.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=CH&Category_Code=BW
Pacific Wool and Fiber has them:
http://www.pacificwoolandfiber.com/spinning%20accessories.htm
$75 seems to be the going rate, and I think it's well worth it. It can wind a huge amount of yarn without any damage to the mechanism, and they have good product support if you ever need a new part or any adjustments to the winder. And the Strauchs live in Virginia, so I like 'em already.


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styledbykristin
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Posted - 10/26/2005 :  06:59:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit styledbykristin's Homepage Send styledbykristin a Private Message
Lanea,

Thank you for your wealth of information. I will check out your links. I also appreciate your quick reply.

Thanks,

Kristin

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Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.
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Lanea
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Posted - 10/26/2005 :  07:11:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
You're welcome. I hope you like your winder.

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caitlynknits
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Posted - 10/26/2005 :  07:28:48 AM  Show Profile Send caitlynknits a Private Message
Hi Kristin,

My husband gave me the Strauch Jumbo Ball Winder for my birthday. He also purchased it from Carolina Homespun and it was around $75.00. I like the ball winder a lot -- it feels and works great! I like it so much that I have it on display in my house. =)

Hope you enjoy it too!
Caitlyn

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Lissa
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Posted - 10/26/2005 :  08:05:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
Have to put in a plug for our own Barbara Gentry, Stony Mountain Fibers, in Charlottesville - she sells them, too - I got mine from her.

Lissa

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revolutionary act. -- George Orwell


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spindyerella
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Posted - 10/30/2005 :  07:52:21 AM  Show Profile Send spindyerella a Private Message
We bought one at a fiber festival. Otto led us directly to Stony Mountain's booth to help us find the winder and then he even autographed it for us. :)
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