Friday, 2 March 2007

All hail the ball winder!

It has come to my attention that the hand crank ball winders may in fact be one of the more useful tools in a spinners collection.

I came to this conclusion by spinning up a bobbing full of plied yarn and found it to be under plied when I tried to wind it to the niddy noddy. The ball winder came to the rescue. The yarn when straight from the bobbin, to the ball winder and back through the wheel in less time than it would have taken me to redo the lazy kate (my lazy kate is only object that I know of that can be temperamental and yet have no moving parts...)

Yay for the ball winder!

In other news, I've been trying to learn to spin laceweight yarn. Laceweight appears to be my default on a spindle, I can't spin bulky on a spindle but it's easy as pie on the wheel.

Ordinarily, this wouldn't be a problem, but I would like to knit a beautiful lace shawl from my own handspun, in a lovely merino/silk blend. There's a goal for me to try for!

I've also been tidying the house recently, and I've found my stash is much larger than originally thought... I haven't been spinning all that long, and yet I have piles and piles of wool in batts, top, rovings and one raw fleece! At least I don't have to worry about running out any time soon. The biggest problem here is time management. Uni work, or spinning, or knitting?!

1 comment:

Becky-Dee said...

I love my ball winder! I gotta say it is the number one tool in my collection of knitting stuff aswell. I use it all the time! Good luck with the laceweight merino yarn!