Knit Picks Yarn Ball Winder
- Transform yarn hanks and skeins into compact center pull cakes that sit nicely while you knit and crochet
- Easily winds up to 100g or 3.5 ounces of yarn, from lace and fingering weights to worsted and bulky weights
- Attaches to any table edge or surface up to 1-1/2" thick
- Removable spindle and folding yarn guide arm make for compact storage while still allowing quick and easy assembly
- Use with Yarn Swift for best results
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Transform hanks or skeins into compact center-pull balls that sit nicely while you knit. A clamp secures the ball winder to the table while you wind skeins up to 100 grams or 3.5 ounces. Best when used in tandem with a Yarn Swift. Note: The metal yarn guide arm comes folded against the ball winder for shipping. The guide arm needs to be moved and positioned opposite the winding handle for correct operation.
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So much easier and faster to wind than creating a ball by hand. Glad I bought it!!!
The resulting cake is easy to USE when knitting (as opposed to a ball) because the cake stays put when you pull on it.
Works smoothly and is quiet.
Negative review states that it is not good for fingering yarn. I did not have a problem with fingering yarn; it inserted into the slits on the bobbin and held just fine.
PRO FOR SOME, CON FOR OTHERS:
the hole in the middle of the cake is large. Some may like that because it may make it easier to center-pull the yarn, and leaves plenty of room to insert the label when storing the cake. I prefer a smaller cake but that is personal.
I am editing this review after more use. Initially, I thought the bobbin in the middle wasn't held in tightly, allowing the cake to pop off. Since then I realize that with some effort this middle bobbin does in fact click in securely and WILL NOT POP OFF. So if you were having trouble with it popping, off, try again. It does click in to place. In fact, once it's in it's hard to take it apart.
It is not easy to break down into the small box it came in, so storage is not optimal. But the thing is not too big. And I love it more every time I use it.
It's so much easier on your hands then winding them into balls, much faster too. I did more than 30 cakes in a couple of hours last night. You can go pretty fast without any issue.
Out of the several dozen balls I have wound with it, only a couple came out perfectly with no problems-- and these were all coarser, heavier-weight wools. Unfortunately, the gears in this are so shoddy that it often "skips," ruining the tension and causing the yarn being wound to slip off the cake, wrapping around the top or bottom and causing tangles.
I thought that perhaps it was something I could get used to or improve, but tonight (after spending 2 hours attempting to wind a single hank of Cascade Heritage) I came to the conclusion that when it's faster, easier and cheaper to do it by hand, the product probably isn't worth it.
Since so many people love this product I thought I'd give it another try, thinking that perhaps I'd received a defective model. With the new one, halfway through the first skein it started rattling, squeaking, and winding the ball unevenly. Not happy.
The biggest complaint is the squeaking. However, this is fixable. If you unscrew the handle on the crank, you can lube up the post in the middle and keep it from squeaking for quite some time. A little WD-40 would work. I actually used just some almond oil I had nearby and it worked just fine. I have also just put a drip ont he inside edge of the handle and wiggled the plastic handle piece around to get some oil inside.