Let's back up a minute. As you recall, I decided to do a temperature scarf for our first year in North Carolina. I chose the colors from my stash of lovely Irish wool and went to town. After 11 rows, I had this:
What a mess! Why was this different than my usual yarn? That yarn comes in skeins, like so:
|Ah, the temperature monster palette before I knew how much orange I would be using.|
A bit hard to work with! The yarn swift keeps the yarn in the correct shape & tension as you use the yarn winder to make your cake. The swift takes the place of a person who could (if you could get them to) stand there with the yarn draped over their arms while you wind it.
You simply thread the yarn onto the winder & the wind the crank.
And then you have a lovely mess! (Darn woolly wool.)
Oh, wait, then you have a lovely yarn cake!
Much easier to work with, and these fit into that really weird shelf in the hall that must have been made for VHS tapes (too shallow for books).
That one giant blue one is 800 yards! I just wanted to see how big I could go. The purplish color in the upper right is also 800 yards & in much more manageable cake sizes. This project, had I not made a TOTAL MESS of three of the hanks of yarn, would have taken less than two hours. As it was, Dr. M spent about two to three hours untangling one of the biggest messes, and I spent another two hours the next night on the other one.
I'm pretty excited & may go through & wind up all the yarn in the house just for fun. If you'd like to see a video of this particular set in action, go here.
Tonight I got caught up with the scarf. It's kind of unruly at the moment. I made it intentionally skinny because with 365 rows, I didn't think I wanted to add much more bulk.
I think I might be done buying things to support my obsession. Although, now that I think about it, I saw these on Etsy & I might need them...