I remember the joy I had when I bought my first ball winder – the happieness that can be acheived from a lovely little cake of yarn is something that is hard to understand if you dont knit or crochet.
Well, my original ball winder was great, but it is only rated up to 4 Ounces. Which is just over 100g. However, I would argue that it is only really suitable for 50g – at around 80g, the yarn starts to bunch up, with large gaps between lines, and the yarn often slips and gets stuck in the gears. Its for this reason that I am a little scared to wind my expensive hand dyed yarns on it.
Well, now that my hand dyed yarn collection is quite large, I decided to use some of my christmas money to purchase a larger more heavy duty. Enter this beast.
This winder cost me around £20, and is rated up to 10 Ounces. which is almost 300g! And of course, once it was out of the box, I had to give it a whirl.
Out of the maximum security yarn storage box (A special clip lock box that the cat cant get into) came this gorgeous Abstract Cat Superwash Merino in colourway Joie De Vivre. I was given this gorgeous yarn in september of 2017 as the winner of a giveaway that Hannah over at Quiet Water Craft was running as a celebration of reaching 800 followers. I finally found a pattern that I love so I am pleased to say it is finally getting its moment to shine! Isnt the cake beautiful? I was transfixed as I wound it by all the wonderful colours – from the outside of the initial hank, it looked like a beutiful blue varigation, but as you get further into the yarn, there are actually gorgeous shades of purples and aquas too! I cant wait to work it up! Thanks Hannah! I am flying to Vienna tomorrow so this will be my in flight entertainment.