I found this website today which has a plethora of useful information!
Case in point, I have been looking for one more good reason to purchase a ball-winder. I have recently seen one put to good use in a video tutorial where one skein of yarn needed to be divided in half. Anyway, besides the obvious, (winding hanks) I reclaim a lot of yarn and this would be my main reason for purchasing a ball-winder.
Well . . . this article lists so many good reasons to have one handy at all times. Now, I just need to do some research to see which one I would love to have in my ‘tool-box’!
This is not the entire article. You can read it in it’s entirety here: TECHknitting: The ball winder–a useful tool, especially with long color repeat yarns.
- Knots are easier to splice out during the rewinding process, rather than having one (inevitably) pop up in the middle of a complex lace or stitch repeat. For non-spliceable yarn, better to wind two separate balls. The coming end clearly announces itself so the join can be put at an inconspicuous place.
- In rustic yarns, the bits of brush, dirt and other trash spun into the yarn show right away and can get picked out before the knitting starts.
- Weak strands: even factory-standard yarns feature this problem from time to time, while some thick-and-thin yarns get SO thin in spots as to require editing.
- Insect damage (ewwww)! Old woolen yarn from yard-sales, de-stashing swaps, store clearances always gets re-wound before letting it fraternize with existing stash ever since nasty wormies were found actually crawling around some garage-sale yarn.
When using long-color-repeat yarns, the ball winder is particularly useful.
- Not all purchased skeins are wound in the same directions of repeat.
(to read more, click the link)
S-o-o-o-o . . . Who can give me some recommendations? I really do not want to waste my hard-earned money on something sub-standard, or cheaply made. But I also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg either. I do love getting good advice as much as I love giving it.