02 February 2012

Winding Balls of Wool

Winding Yarn
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!

Ripple Afghan in progress
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!

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