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fiddlerbird555
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USA
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Posted - 02/07/2008 :  7:54:14 PM  Show Profile Send fiddlerbird555 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Does ANYBODY else here wind balls by hand?

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NaProus
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Posted - 02/07/2008 :  8:01:42 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When I have to... But I have to admit it's not my favorite activity.

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purlthis
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USA
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Posted - 02/07/2008 :  8:07:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a ball winder, but sometimes, if I'm out, and the yarn is getting all gross and gloppy, or I'm finished with the project while out, I'll wind it up. It's not a big deal so long as it's less than a skein of anything dk and above for me!

Rachel
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socker
Chatty Knitter

258 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2008 :  8:09:04 PM  Show Profile Send socker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't hand wind every yarn, but, many of them I do. Into a nice neat compact center pull ball, that stays in place as I knit.
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Audi
Chatty Knitter

106 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2008 :  9:31:50 PM  Show Profile Send Audi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I still wind by hand. I've gone looking for a ball winder but can't seem to justify spending the money on one that will more then likely end up being a 'gaget' that I won't use, and my only real reason for even considering it is because of the runaway ball aspect. Besides I figure if I keep winding by hand I'll never have to worry about where I put my 'darn hands this time'.

Honestly I find taking the time to hand wind the ball enjoyable and kinda relaxing. And as odd as it may sound, I get a little thrill as I watch the skein get smaller and disappear as the ball gets bigger LOL.

Audi
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bfaye
Seriously Hooked

USA
721 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2008 :  9:38:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit bfaye's Homepage Send bfaye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have two ball-winders, one small one and another for winding balls from very large skeins. I usually use a ball-winder but if the yarn is delicate, laceweight, ribbon, etc, I wind by hand. I also wind very bulky yarns by hand since they are usually short yardage skeins. There is a certain pleasurable rhythm in handwinding a ball of yarn and a nice time to think about what it will be when knitted or crocheted.

benne
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Mickey
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USA
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Posted - 02/07/2008 :  10:09:14 PM  Show Profile Send Mickey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I never even considered wasting money on a silly gadget for something I enjoy doing manually.
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Ditzy Girl
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USA
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Posted - 02/08/2008 :  12:07:58 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do I find it relaxing.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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Jane
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USA
4395 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  04:12:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I prefer using my ball winder but I wind by hand when it's needed. It's not a gadget to me -- it's a useful tool, just like my needles are tools, and it makes my knitting time more pleasant!

Jane

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cableready
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
386 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  05:07:09 AM  Show Profile Send cableready a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I used to wind by hand - using the center tube from a roll of toilet paper to make center pull balls. This works fine.

However, since I've had my swift and ball winder I haven't wound by hand. I really love the "team" and don't consider them gadgets.

Maybe they are like a salad spinner - one (wo)man's gadget is anothers necessity?

Pamela



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Kade1301
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Posted - 02/08/2008 :  05:31:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So far no ball-winder has shown up at my doorstep wanting a good home... So I use a nostepinne and do it by hand. By the way, does it make a practical difference whether you wind an "egg" (as was suggested in the winter Spin-Off, I believe) or a flat "cake" like a crochet cotton ball?

Klara


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adalton124
Seriously Hooked

659 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  06:12:16 AM  Show Profile Send adalton124 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I got a ball winder and swift for Christmas, and for winding things with a lot of yardage, like a 450 yd. skein of sock yarn, I'll pull it out every time. But if I need 1 last ball to finish knitting something, I'll very likely wind it by hand. I always did it 1 skein at a time, as needed, when I was without the winder. It was a nice change of activity for me and still part of the knitting process. But I still like my "gadgets".

Angela
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ClimberKnits
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
559 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  06:37:37 AM  Show Profile Send ClimberKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I still wind by hand, but have been in the market for a winder for a while now. I've been doing research on the best for the money. My son designed and built a swift from K'Nex toys for my last winding session. Made the winding go so much easier. We took pictures so that we can re-create it again later.
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HomekeepingGran
Seriously Hooked

614 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  07:15:20 AM  Show Profile Send HomekeepingGran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wind loose balls by hand, sometimes with the center out to be a center-pull ball and sometimes not, depending on whether I think about it or not.

Blessings,
Carla

She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands... Proverbs 31:13
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queen of the east
Seriously Hooked

Canada
877 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  08:44:22 AM  Show Profile Send queen of the east a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wind by hand. The yarn usually goes on a swift, sometimes on my knees(don't ask!). Depending on the yarn I wind it into balls or I use a nostepinne and wind it into stackable cakes.
I find the winding process very relaxing and like Audi I get a bit of a thrill watching the skein dwindle away. One of life's small pleasures.

Ann in Montreal
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Trout Lily
Chatty Knitter

172 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  10:37:34 AM  Show Profile Send Trout Lily a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wind by hand. I prop my feet up on the edge of the coffee table, knees bent, drape the skein over my knees, and wind balls. I don't mind it. I like the anticipation of starting something new while winding.

I like inspecting the length of the yarn for knots and any irregularities before starting to knit.

$35 for a plastic ball winder is more than I want to spend for something I can easily do by hand.
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bfaye
Seriously Hooked

USA
721 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  10:48:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit bfaye's Homepage Send bfaye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
One consideration about using a ball winder for me is that it saves wear and tear on my arms, hands and shoulder. I can put a skein on the swift and wind a little at a time if I need to stop and rest the joints. It's a little risky when winding a large skein by hand that it may get tangled if I have to stop. I view my winder as a tool that I use to save time or energy so I can knit more. Sort of like using an electric screwdriver versus a hand screwdriver.

benne
http://feathersong.wordpress.com
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RuthKnits
Warming Up

USA
82 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  11:02:50 AM  Show Profile Send RuthKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Right now I wind skeins by hand and use the ball-winder for cone yarn. Winding cone yarn into balls by hand is a pain. Why, you are thinking, do I wind skeins by hand? Well, I answer, because although I have owned two swifts for years, when I finally spent the big bucks on a wool winder, the swifts are no where to be found. I put them somewhere "safe" until I could use them and now I can't find them. Isn't it always the way?
Ruth
Sheep Dip Cottage
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abt1950
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Posted - 02/08/2008 :  2:04:47 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do both.

I thought my knitting life would change radically when I got a swift and ball winder. It didn't. There are times that it's just too much bother to get them out and set them up. So if I just need a ball or two, I'll do it by hand. But when I've got a lot of skeins to do, then I'll dig them out, clear off the table, and go to town.

Ruth, my swift is MIA at the moment too. Until I excavate the house and find it, it's hand winding all the way.

Anne in NJ

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llinn
honorary angel

USA
1650 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2008 :  5:07:06 PM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've got 3 swifts, but hate them and don't even know where they've gotten off too. I have and use ball winders, both frequently find like Anne, it's too much trouble to get them out and clamped on. Mostly I wind by hand. I like winding different shaped balls. I can wind flat bottoms and usually produce a vase shape that sits nice and winds nice from the center.

Llinn
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Luann
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Posted - 02/08/2008 :  5:09:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Like many of you, I use both methods. I like to use the ball winder and swift if I'm starting a big sweater project - sort of like shopping for groceries when planning a big holiday meal, it puts me into the mood. There are other times I wind by hand even if I have more than one skein to do. And for luxury yarns, winding by hand is just another chance for fiber fondling.

Luann

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