Monday, January 23, 2006

Me, too! Me, too!

I know, you've already heard about how great a ball winder and swift can be from Nonnahs. But, I still had to share because I too got a ball winder and swift for my birthday! Thank you M! After much crazyness with the swift and it's mysterious absense for several weeks. It was finally located and re-shipped to my work this morning. In typical Dis fashion, I came right home and started to play...instructions? What instructions? No problem. Alls you gotsta do, it shtick your hank on the swift....


Attach your yarn to the ball winder, turn and voila! ...instant cake!


But then I remembered this cool little trick that Julia taught me about re-winding the ball after it's on the cake. So, that's what I did. And here's where the instructions come in handy: "Apply gentle tension to the yarn."


Oops. See that 1/2 cake of yarn in the top corner? That flew there! And the pile of yarn plop on the far left? That flew there too! So, what I gather from this experience is that the tension is key. It took a bit, but I finally got it untangled and rewound into a nice pretty cake. But Nonnahs' is still better, so you should just go look at her picture again.

Another thing I learned - and I don't know why I was surprised - is that Jenny doesn't like ball winders and swifts. They are scary. So, she hid on B's lap until it was over. Then she decided it was time to play with Santa...

5 comments:

Sad Brother said...

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The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Hmm. That previous comment makes me think I know why you've added the comment verification password thingie. What a shame you had to do it.

Anyway, Jenny looks so cute with Santa in the death hold. If he had a neck, she'd take him by it and shake the life out of him, for sure. Gotta love dachshunds for that.

And, long live the swift and ball winder.

Chris said...

Heh, Chaos hides from the swift and ballwinder, too!

Tip o' the day: don't start cranking on the ballwinder too fast, especially with slippery yarn (ribbon, Euroflax, etc). Why? Well, as you've already discovered, it's very sad when a ball flies off the ballwinder. It's even more sad when you're cranking really fast and it gets a lot of loft and distance. It can takes hours to sort out...

or so I've heard.

mayflwr said...

heheh I got a swift and ballwinder for my birthday too! i LOVE LOVE LOVE them..they're the coolest gadgets ever! :D

Jenny is soo cute!

Jeanette said...

Now I have ball winder and swift envy. Enjoy your toy!