About Yarn Ball Winder
As a new knitter, you might make the mistake of thinking that the balls of yarn you bought at the craft store are going to unwind slowly and tidily as you work away on your project. Not so fast, and in fact, without a yarn ball winder, your yarn could become a gigantic, tangled mess and cause you to give up in frustration. A simple wood yarn winder, though, can fix the problem with just a minute or two of prep work. You can find a hand-operated or electric winder that clamps onto your table from among the vast inventory on eBay. You do need your hands free to feed the yarn into the winder, so if you opt for a hand-operated winder, it turns into a two-person job. Rather than recruiting someone else to help with this task, you can purchase an umbrella yarn winder to go with the hand-operated yarn winder. When you expand the umbrella, you can drape the skein of yarn over it, connect it to the yarn winder, and let the umbrella feed the yarn along. It might sound like a lot of extra work to get a nice, tidy ball of yarn, but just think about how many balls of yarn you might need for a sweater, and the amount of time it would take to untangle and wind them all by hand. All of a sudden, a yarn ball winder starts to sound good.