- A yarn winder
(or wool winder) is something every knitter, crocheter, weaver or machine knitter can definitely use. Rewind skeins of yarn so they flow freely from a ball that won't roll around the floor. Rewind items that didn't turn out properly. The advantage of a yarn winder is that the tension is even on the yarn you rewind and the winder gears are covered so the yarn won't tangle in the works. It only takes about 2 minutes to wind 4 oz of yarn. Just take the yarn end and feed it through the vertical eyelet, then slide the yarn into the slit in the top of the cone. Using your left hand to put a slight tension on the yarn feeding into the yarn winder, wind the yarn winder handle with your right hand. Holding the yarn tighter with your left hand will make the ball tighter. Too tight and yarn won't come out of the ball smoothly.
This yarn winder has a shield around the winder gear to keep yarn from tangling in the works.
If you have a static buildup on the yarn, just put it in the freezer for 4 hours. When it comes out of the freezer, moisture will condense on it from the air and discharge the static. The yarn winder clamps to the edge of a table.