What is a yarn winder?
Yarn winders do the work of winding the yarn into a center-pull ball. They clamp onto the table surface and have a center spool that holds the yarn. You thread the yarn through one or more yarn guides that place the yarn in the right position to roll onto the spool.
What is a yarn swift and Winder?
A yarn swift and ball winder make quick work of turning a skein of yarn into a ball you can pull from the center. Both pieces of equipment are an investment, but if you buy a lot of yarn in skeins, these tools are great to have at your disposal.
Do I need a swift and yarn winder?
If you’re winding a center-pull skein into a ball, you don’t need to use a yarn swift. If your yarn comes in a hank, though, you need to use the ball winder with a swift. Otherwise, the hank of yarn will become very tangled if you try to wind it directly.
Why would you use a yarn winder?
Yarn ball winders are also a preemptive way of inspecting your yarn for knots or weak points so you can fix them before you start working (see the video below for a perfect example). Winding your yarn before use also prevents it from getting as tangled as it might if you were to pull directly from the skein.
Should I use a yarn winder?
When you use a yarn cake made from a yarn winder, the yarn pulls much more easily. You don’t have to pause to tug more yarn from your ball or deal with yarn barf from a tight center-pull. This means you’ll have less fatigue on your tension hand, which is usually your non-dominant hand.
Should you roll a skein of yarn into a ball?
With cones and skeins, you don’t necessarily have to make a ball before using your yarn. … The outside end will unroll the skein as you work and the inside end will pull from the center in the process. Finding and pulling out the inside end can be tricky, and a little extra yarn tends to come out in the process.
Why is yarn not sold in balls?
The biggest reason yarn so often comes in hanks is that it travels much more reliably that way. Wound balls tend to snag, fall apart, and generally become tangled knots. Also, leaving yarn unwound is usually better for the fiber for storage.