What I did for ohIdunno, awhile there
Tuesday November 15th 2016, 11:14 pm
Filed under: Knit

Maybe 30, 40 minutes, no biggy.

I haven’t splurged on an oak skein winder and ballwinder set yet, even if I admire the handcrafted ones at Stitches every year; there’s a fellow who makes beautiful ones and I’m sure I’ll think hard about it again come February. I always do. (See? I’m still talking myself into it.) Think of all the time I could save, and all those nice flat cakes that don’t roll around all over the place while you’re trying to knit.

And yet.

I know I’ve said it before, but I do like these.

(Yarn: dk cashmere in what they call a set i.e. closeout, eight ounces from a larger cone, was a traffic-cone vivid orangey-red; I hanked, scoured, and overdyed it with a little black and got a deep brick with hints here and there of the rose that the camera favors. No nostepinne involved, just me.)

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I don’t have a fancy ball winder…I have two plastic ones, and I have already worn out a couple over time. I have one skein winder, an Italian wooden umbrella one I got at a yard sale for…$2.50. (I know, I still can’t believe my luck…17? years later.) All that said, there are still times I roll a ball by hand. Just did it a couple of days ago. The tools are definitely worth it, but it’s like pasta sauce in a jar. Good to have on hand in a pinch, it saves time even if you know you can also do it better from scratch!

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