02 February 2012
Winding Balls of Wool
After being distracted by other projects, I pulled out the ripple afghan to work on again. I quickly finished off the yarn I had wound into balls and needed to wind some more. Like spinning, I find winding yarn balls to be a relaxing meditative kind of activity. For years I simply laid the skein over my knees when winding, but a couple of years ago, my Mom gave me a wooden yarn swift. It makes the job so wonderfully easy!
I don't use a ball winder. Years ago, I had seen an article about winding balls using a Norwegian Nostepinde that looked just like they'd been wound with a ball winder. After experimenting, I learned to use the Nostepinde technique to wrap the balls just using my thumb to start!
I really like that I don't need to have extra equipment taking up space in my apartment and yet I still end up with a nice wheel of yarn that can be used from the outside or as a center pull ball. Time to finish this post and get back to crocheting!