Stanwood Needlecraft YBW-A Hand-Operated Yarn Ball Winder, 4-Ounce
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- Makes Center-pull Balls
- Smoother, Quieter and Sturdier Than the Discontinued Royal Ball Winder
- Unbreakable Metal Crank
- 4 oz. capacity
- One Year Unconditional Warranty
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This yarn ball winder (Model YBW-A) makes center pull yarn balls with a capacity of about 4 oz. The clamp-on base allows it to be firmly fixed at the edges of tables, chairs, benches, or any other convenient locations. The maximum thickness of table that this can clamp on to is about 1 3/4". It is best to be used with a swift yarn winder (Umbrella or Amish style, both available under Stanwood Needlecraft brand names). But you can easily replace a swift with other devices or just simply your arms. The craftsmanship on these ball winders is superior. In comparison to our model YBW-B, this winder is smoother and makes less noise while winding.
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After winding at least a thousand of these (no exaggeration) over the last eight years, there are a few pointers I'd like to offer when using this winder.
1. Make sure you place the wire arm in the correct position. (Read the directions, they are helpful.)
2. If you use a small, fluorescent piece of duck tape (just tear it into small pieces and stick them on the edge of your work surface) to hold down the start end, you can simply pull/roll it off and around that end so it can be easily found when it comes time to use it.
3. Don't discard the outside wrap of your yarn, fold it up and slide it into the center of your yarn ball as you pull it off the spindle. This serves two purposes - it helps to keep the center stable and it is readily available for reference in the future. (Be sure to pull it out before using the yarn, as it will catch on the yarn as you pull it out.
4. As you are winding with one hand, use the other to hold tension (firm, but light) on the yarn as it goes in (approximately 5 - 10" from the metal guide). This helps in numerous ways - smaller, tighter held, yarn balls; quick knot detection; and it keeps the yarn on the spindle, especially when winding "slippery"yarns.
5. Anytime you begin winding, start slow for the first five or so wraps and then increase your speed. Wind at a steady, smooth pace and slow down again at the very end so that the tail of the yarn remains in control.
6. To finish, you can either tuck the yarn in the outside to secure it, or, use a crochet hook to pull it more securely into the outside of the ball.
7. This winder really does a great job, but like everything, does have its limits - if you put too much on an individual ball, the outside yarn strings will do one of three things, slide off and wrap underneath, catch on the wire arm, or slide off when you pull the ball off of the winder.
7. Some yarn skeins are best pulled from the middle and some from the outside when winding. When pulling from the outside, the skein will bounce all over the place as you are winding. I've found that placing the skein in a deep mixing bowl on the floor keeps it from gathering unwanted debris or fibers from the carpeting/floor as it dances about.
Hope this was helpful.
It took me a bit to figure it out and a couple skeins to find my rhythm. Here is what worked for me:
1. Set up your winder on a table where you can sit and be comfortable as you wind.
2. Make sure the metal arm is clicked in place under the spooler.
3. Ensure that you find the end of your skein from the middle. Otherwise, you will end up eventually with a tangled mess.
4. Place your skein behind the metal holder so your yarn is in a straight line towards the winder. Guide the yarn with your hand to add a bit of tension to avoid knotting as you turn the spool. Don't apply too much tension or your will end up stretching your yarn.
5. When you are done winding, tuck the end under the yarn in the spool.
6. To remove your finished ball from the spool, grab the beginning knot and as you are holding it, lift ball from spool.
7. Tuck your knot loosely into middle so you can easily find it when you start your next project.
I would definitely recommend this spooler if you are a hard core knitter or crocheter. As you can see by the picture, I spent the weekend spooling my yarn stash that was in a complete disaster!
Update: 3/31/2012: I am so disappointed in this ball winder. It already broke! I only wound about 8 skeins since I purchased it and the section the ball winds on snapped internally. Not a good item. I would suggest researching another option.
Another update 4/13/12: I was immediately contacted by Oriental Touch LLC about replacement of the product and I have to say, they were terrific to work with! I had the new one in my home within 2 days! I can't say enough about how efficient and professional they were. I would definitely purchase from them again. As to the winder, the new one works fine and I am cautiously optimistic that it will continue to do so.