All wound up

Two of the gifts I received for Christmas last month were a ball winder and swift, thanks for my friend Gina and her husband, Todd. Gina has very kindly let me wind many skeins of yarn on her setup, and now I’m delighted not to have to bug her to borrow them any more. Owning my own winder and swift makes me feel like a real knitter—like I’m now allowed to sit at the grown-up table at Thanksgiving or something.

p1068945windingyarn.jpgI tried them out for the first time a couple of days ago, with help from Sylvia. As soon as I started clamping things on the dining table, Sylvia observed that the ball winder crank “looks like a tricycle.” (The pedal, that is.) I let her turn the crank for a few minutes while I set the skein on the swift, and then she helped wind it up. Apart from a couple of time when she started turning the crank in the opposite direction after pausing, she actually did a great job!

And why did I need to wind this yarn? Believe it or not, I’m actually finishing the green sweater I started for myself three years ago. When I last reported on it (two years ago), I had just one more sleeve to knit and seaming to do. Thanks to the winder and swift, I was able to start the second sleeve the other day, and I’m nearly finished with it! (I’m certain to finish this sweater before the end of the month, so it will be my entry for Ali’s contest.)

6 Responses to “All wound up”

  1. Chrison 08 Jan 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Aren’t they great devices?? And how fun that Sylvia can participate!

  2. Linneton 09 Jan 2008 at 2:31 am

    Yay for the winder and swift! I love mine, since my hand wound yarn looks like the cats did it. I can’t wait to see the completed sweater.

  3. Paulaon 09 Jan 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Oh, they are so great!

  4. JDon 12 Jan 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Awesome gifts! I still use my exercise ball as a swift–with sometimes adventuresome results, esp when I get overzealous with my winding speed. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater! Knit on, friend!

  5. Marshaon 13 Jan 2008 at 10:21 pm

    An exercise ball, JD? How do you keep the yarn from sliding off the equator?

  6. Ginaon 16 Jan 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Oh I am so glad that you like them!