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pinkmarbles1@aol.com
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  07:58:50 AM  Show Profile Send pinkmarbles1@aol.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, I have been knitting off and on for almost 40 years. I have never wound my yarn into balls. I have just used it from the skein. I don't want to sound stupid after all these years of knitting, but what is the purpose of winding the yarn on a yarn winder? Thanks for any answers you may give me. Martha

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amazingwoman
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  09:10:27 AM  Show Profile Send amazingwoman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't speak to a yarn winder, but I just got my swift on Monday. Much of the yarn that I buy comes in hank, and most of *that* is lace weight and fingering weight. I've tangled on hank too many winding it off of my legs or the back of a chair, so I finally broke down and picked up a swift.
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JayhawkKnitter
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  09:13:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit JayhawkKnitter's Homepage Send JayhawkKnitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, if you're knitting from a center pull skein, then the yarn obviously won't tangle.

But if the yarn's original purchased state is in a hank - if you can keep it from tangling you're one up on me. I can't - and I haven't broken down yet and bought either a swift or winder. So it's hand-wound balls from hanks for me.

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MindyO
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  09:30:36 AM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't buy a lot of hanks, but it sure is useful if I do. Of course it would be more convenient if I had a swift to go with it, much less tangly! I mostly use my ball winder to rewind my half used, floppy skeins into nice little balls for the leftovers drawer. I also use it, along with a digital kitchen scale, to split my sock skeins into two even balls

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maribelaprn
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  2:17:41 PM  Show Profile Send maribelaprn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You're question has many answers cause you might be using terms interchangeably. There are ball winders and yarn swifts (I've not seen anything that combines the two into a yarn winder). If you're talking about yarn that comes in a skein that is already to be knitted, then you don't really have to re-wind it. If you're talking about yarn that comes in hanks and not already "wound", I'd imagine it's hard to knit from that.

Either way, I wind every type of yarn I buy, even if it already comes in a skein or a ball. I can find any knots or other "landmines" before I get to them when I'm knitting. Most of the yarn I buy is in hanks and must be wound into a ball before it can be used. I've encountered some very high end yarns that have issues that would have been a mess to deal with in the middle of the row of a lace shawl with 600 stitches! Winding by hand is perfectly fine. I use my swift and ball winder because it's easier.
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pinkmarbles1@aol.com
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  2:40:14 PM  Show Profile Send pinkmarbles1@aol.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you all so much for your replies. I feel much more educated on the subject now. I appreciate your answers.

Martha

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esatch@msn.com
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  6:32:57 PM  Show Profile Send esatch@msn.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi!
This is interesting to me because I'm thinking of buying some delicious looking yarn that comes in cones. How do you wind that? Thanks in advance for any help! - Ellen
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MindyO
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Posted - 04/17/2008 :  7:09:42 PM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You can knit right off the cone actually! I mean you could certainly wind it into smaller more managable balls for your project, but I just use the cone. I did a few doilies off a cone awhile back.

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Mary B
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Posted - 04/19/2008 :  2:26:19 PM  Show Profile Send Mary B a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For those of you who would rather spend your hard earned money on yarn rather than a winder and a yarn swift, try using a nostepinne. That is, if you can find one. It also takes up much les space. A knitting friend introduced me to the use of one a year or two ago, and I finally found one of my own, but locally. If interested, there are several sources online - normally about $15 -$25. I find mine especially useful when I get to the end of a skein when the yarn starts tangling. I just use my nostepinne to wind the remaining yarn into a smaller ball. Mary B
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knittingbaglady
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Posted - 04/29/2008 :  05:45:48 AM  Show Profile Send knittingbaglady a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use a nostepinne too. My son made it, he was selling them on my site and selling out as many as he could make. They're wonderful tools, and compact! I even wrap up to 400 yards on mine....

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Eleanor
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USA
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Posted - 04/29/2008 :  06:09:26 AM  Show Profile  Send Eleanor a Yahoo! Message Send Eleanor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Where are they on your site Martha?
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Mocha
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Posted - 04/29/2008 :  07:20:08 AM  Show Profile Send Mocha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I tried doing this using those smooth massage stick for foot reflexology that I bought from Chinatown but the diameter is too small. So I'll be trying uisng small water bottle. They may work till I get my winder.

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