Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ball Winder

A couple weeks ago I ordered the Boye Electric Yarn Ball Winder. At 40% off I justified the cost against the hand winders that I'd previously had my eye on, and when it arrived on my doorstep this past weekend I couldn't wait to test it out. I've only used it on two small skeins so far, but plan on going through a lot more bits and pieces over the next few weeks.

In testing my new winder out, I did run into a few issues. Even the lowest setting seemed too fast for my liking - at least for starting out. At the speed it went, the yarn tangled more easily and came out from the guide, which caused it to periodically stop and need to other be tapped or turned back off and on. Besides those minor setbacks, I'm happy so far and hope I can work out some of the kinks. My hope is that some of the issues I'm having are my not being used to the winder versus a problem with the winder itself.

If anyone else has this winder and has any tips/tricks or just general comments on it, let me know. Below is the before and after of my first skein, the left over yarn from my phone sock.


  1. I bought this winder a little over a year ago and it has already bitten the dust and gone out with last month's trash. If I had used it anymore than I did, it would have been gone sooner. The motor is very weak and burn's out easily. So you can't have any snags while winding. Thank goodness I kept my handy manual winder.

  2. Hmm. Too bad I'm not within my time frame to return it. Hopefully I can get out of it what I need and next time buy a manual winder. Thanks for the comment!