Guess what arrived in the mail last week? This did:
A Lacis Yarn Ball Winder. It is a miracle maker. Because it can turn this:
Tada! I spent hours winding yarn last Thursday. even more than is pictured here. After I took the really bad skeins of yarn off my shelf, I then started gathering the bags of yarn that had started to accumulate around the house and take care of them, too. I am happy to say that all of my yarn is neatly tucked away into my hutch now. My husband is relieved. I only have one bag of yarn now, but that is forgivable because it is a constant WIP and needs to all stay together in one place. It can be tucked away into my hutch when it’s not being worked on.
In the past, I have tried several ways to wind yarn, from using my hand held blender (it did not go well), to wrapping my yarn around my thumb to create a center pull ball. The thumb trick works, but it’s tedious, and the yarn doesn’t stack nicely like these cakes. I will admit to having more fun than I probably should have winding my yarn up into these colorful little cakes. The handy thing is that the yarn winder is small, easy to attach, and simple to use. I am not a type-A, hyper-organized person, but I think I can get used to this.
Last week, it felt like all I did was clean, organize, purge, and rearrange. My house is finally starting to take shape. Nothing like a little winter cleaning to boost the spirits. My kids have been homeschooling and playing nicely (a clean house is easier to play in!) and I have been able to sit down and crochet as well. I promise to blog about those projects soon.
If you are interested in a ball winder of your own, here is an Amazon link to get you started.
So tell me, what do you do with your yarn piles? Do you hand wind them? Ignore them and hope the yarn Gods will magically take care of them for you? Do you have a tried and true trick to winding yarn that doesn’t involve a ball winder? I would love to know!