In addition to the awesome and pretty yarn that I got with my birthday money, I also got 2 great new toys…a swift & a ball winder. I had every intention of buying them at a local yarn shop, but when I got there they said that they didn’t have any and that they could order me one. Rather than wait for them to order and have to go back there to pick my things up, I went back to Knit Picks (the site from which I order pretty much everything at this point) and ordered them from there (yay free shipping!). I got my order the other day, but haven’t been able to try my new toys out until tonight. How did I do without these things?
When I’ve had to wind yarn in the past, I’ve resorted to some rather “special” methods. The first time, I had no idea what was going on and tried to just roll the ball by hand without putting the yarn on anything. Yeah – I wasted probably about half of that beautiful hand-dyed skein trying to get all of the knots I created back out. After that, I knew I had to use something to hold the yarn. I’ve used backs of chairs, lampshades, even one of my daughter’s toys. But now I have the proper tools. Hallelujah!
I just wound 2 superwash merino wool skeins (gorgeous handpainted rainbow yarn…more to come on these in another post) and 2 of 10 Ultra Alpaca skeins for an upcoming project. I plan on winding at least 3 more of the 10 alpaca skeins tomorrow so that I can start swatching for the project I have in mind (another post on this too).