Today, I got my Knit Picks Yarn Ball Winder in the mail. Join me in my journey of discovering how the shit it works!
First, and foremost, you need the device:
It’s not very useful in the box, so I dumped out all the contents.
In the box, you’ve got a large round thing that spins when you try to pick it up, a handle, a different weird tube, and a bag holding a clamp.
I was wanting to use two chairs to hold my skein, as I do not have a swift. Forgetting about the height difference between my table and chairs, I tried to attach the clamp.
There’s two ends to the clamp, and it’s important that the little one goes in the bottom, like this:
Otherwise, it becomes this weird thing that would refuse to work (no picture available).
Finally, it’s down to the fun part. I had two skeins of Baby Llama Heather (by Diamond Luxury) to wind, in Teal and Purple. I started with the Teal, and it went from this:
after much struggling. There were several problems that I experienced. First, the yarn snagged, cause I was hooked to the table and trying to wind from taller chairs. Then, once the winder went from table to hand, the inner post was not properly locked in place, so the yarn would randomly fly away, which happened twice before I managed to fix the problem. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take a picture of this ridiculousness, as the cat was very interested in destroying my gorgeous yarn.
That being said, the ball still wound up pretty nicely. I feel much less exhausted in the arm than when I wind by hand. The pattern is nice, and there’s the option to pull from the centre or the outside.
Finally, time-wise, it is a life-saver. My second skein, the purple, wound up in 5 minutes. Which was amazing.
The only problem I really had, other than my incompetence, was trying to get a tension on the yarn while winding, as my hands were both occupied. I would recommend getting a swift. I would, but I’m poor.
I also had some static problems, but that’s probably more me and this damn dry weather than the winder’s fault.
I hope you enjoyed this first review of mine. If there’s anything you’d like me to review, I am always open to free samples. ;)