Must Have Tools

This year, just like other years, my husband and family asked what I wanted for my birthday and Christmas.  I’ve bought several hanks of hand dyed yarns this year and I quickly realized how challenging it can be to wind them by hand.  The first hank I tried to wind by hand got so tangled that it took me a couple of hours to get it untangled and wound up.  Needless to say, by that time, I was too tired to crochet with my beautiful new yarn!  The second hank was a little easier because I wrapped it around the back of a chair and carefully wound the yarn into a ball.  Not bad – BUT I found a yarn swift and ball winder on line!  Let me just say – it is AMAZING and made winding my beautiful yarn so much easier!!!

So back to the gift idea – I made it really easy on hubby – I ordered everything the yarn swift, winder and a beautiful yarn bowl) and I let him pay for it!  It doesn’t get much better than that!!

If you have never seen a yarn swift and winder in action, here’s how it works –

Step 1 – Grab your yarn!
Step 2 – Untwist your hank and drape the open hank over the closed Yarn Swift. Open the yarn swift slowly like an umbrella and lock it in place.  Make sure your yarn isn’t twisted anywhere around the swift and cut the ties around the hank.
Click on the picture to see the yarn winder in action!
Step 3 – Mount your Yarn Winder on the edge of a counter or table.  Unwind your skein carefully and attach the yarn end to the center column of the ball winder and into the notches on the top of the column.  Turn the handle slowly and at a steady pace to avoid tangling


Step 4 – Place your cake of yarn in your beautiful Yarn Bowl and you’re ready to create!