Yarn Ball Winder: A Product Review
They’re something I’ve heard mentioned a lot in my knitting circles but not really knowing their benefit, I passed them off as unnecessary.The yarn I purchase mostly comes in loose skeins or long oval balls, and I hadn’t thought about the perks of knitting from a circular ball instead. That was until I purchased my Yarn-Tainer.
It’s a super handy, portable container that holds your yarn and allows you to knit through a small hole in the top. It keeps your yarn from getting tangled as you work, and keeps it nice, neat and clean!
It’s become a staple in my knitting repertoire as it makes keeping track of my work so much simpler and easier. When I need to put up my work for a while I just open the top, place my work within the container and leave it until I’m ready to begin again.
Now, I know this isn’t a post about Yarn-Tainers but I mention it because it’s one of the main reasons why I decided to try out the yarn ball winder. I chose a taller yarn-tainer so I could stack my yarn balls inside but a lot of times I buy big skeins of yarn that don’t easily fit into the container. That’s where the yarn ball winder comes in. It allows me to wind my yarn skeins into neat little balls of a size that I choose, making it perfect for my container.
Below I’ll include my thoughts on the yarn ball winder I purchased, and some pictures, and videos of it as well.
I did a good bit of research before purchasing my yarn ball winder. I wanted one with good reviews, and that wasn’t too expensive as I wasn’t sure that this was an expense I really needed. There were both electric and manual winders but I figured manual would be best because I wasn’t planning on cranking out tons of yarn balls daily. Also, I thought a little hand crank workout could do me some good.
I ultimately found this one on Amazon for just $19.99, and with my Prime 2-day shipping it arrived in no time. It’s sold by a company called Knit Picks, has an almost 5-star rating and is their best-seller in yarn ball winders.
I opened the box looking for a piece of paper with instructions and pictures but there was none. The instructions for putting it together, and using it, are printed on the side of the box. I like this idea as it saves paper, and being the eco-friendly chick that I am, this really appeals to me. I’m also a person who usually needs pictures to assemble something but this was unbelieveably simple and easy. The few steps listed were more than enough to get it all ready.
Using the Yarn Ball Winder
What are your thoughts on yarn ball winders? Put your comments below and let me know what you think about them, and this post.
As always, happy crafting, and always remember to let your creativity thrive!