Continuing from the last post, I wanted to explain why I bought this machine. Normally, it is a device that is used to wind bobbins/spools for spinning and/or weaving. And we don’t have to get into any more detail than that because I do not partake in either of those activities. I’m strictly a knitter and not counting those bouts of dyeing yarn, I don’t stray into other fiber arts. Knitting and knitting only.
So what prompted me to plunk down a good chunk of money for this? Well, it started with cobweb silk cones of yarn that I had purchased online a few years ago…
DBNY (that’s Discontinued Brand Name Yarn, for those not in the know) had these cobweb Botto Poala cones of spun silk at discount prices and I thought to myself, ‘Hey, I’ll just wind those up in multiple cones and hold them quadruple stranded.’ Well, I found out that this cobweb weight yarn was SUPER thin, as in 2/100 count. (that would be approximately 5500 yards/100g. Holy crap!!!!! Yeah, let’s scream together.) In order for me to get fingering weight, I would need 10-12 strands held together. Ridiculous, I know, but hey, I don’t give up that easily. 10 cones it is, gosh darn it. I took to hand winding a cone and then another. Did I mention just those 2 cones took me about 6 weeks? My arms were about to fall off and I still had 8-10 more cones to go. As a bonafide yarn lover, I normally revel in these things. But this was beyond ridiculous. I’ll keep winding off the yarn onto another empty cone (or toilet paper cardboard roll if I ran out of actual cones) for a good 20 minutes and then realize I barely made a dent.
Off to the back of the closet they went (along with the remainder of the stash that won’t see daylight for another decade or so…) until one day I came across a Youtube video that used an electric drill to wind up yarn onto spools. Yeah, they weren’t cones but i was willing to give it a shot. I dragged out my husband’s tools from the garage and off I went to finally wind these up. Well, it didn’t go so smoothly and about 1 minute in, I was already having trigger-finger fatigue. There was no way in hell, I’d be able to wind these super thin yarns onto a spool this way without hurting my index finger. So much for that.
Not too long ago, I received a bug damaged cone of extra fine merino cone of light laceweight yarn and the winding was brutal, I tell ya. I noticed broken strands on the cone and figured I’d just wind off the single cone onto multiple cones and this took FOREVER!
I thought to myself, ‘There has got to be another way. No way that there isn’t some device out there.’
So I went and did what normal person does these days: I Googled the shit out of the thing.
Result: Turns out there’s a cone winder adapter for double ended bobbin winders. Too bad that these electric winders from Schacht or Leclerc cost $275-365 and then another $60-80 for the adapters. (not to mention the extra postage) Did I really want to spend $350-440 to wind a couple of cones of yarn? Nope.
And this is where E-bay kicks in. Some entrepreneurial folks have gone and rigged up their own system by doing the woodwork themselves and tacking on a sewing machine motor (w/foot pedal) for a lot less. Did I mention a cone adapter was included? Hells yeah!
And, E-bay wanted to kickback 5% of sales that day. Well, no brainer there. Bought for $189, free shipping, 5% kickback, and I figured I’ll destash the thing after I’m done. No sweat.
So, I present to you the glorious cone winder that will save my shoulders and joints! Ta- dah!\
I’ve been winding off all my laceweight cones onto multiple cones and it’s fun watching it spin like crazy. The only downside is that the motor is small and gets overheated very quickly, especially with super thin yarns. I usually wind only 1-2 cones at most and then let it cool for an hour or two. But so far, so good. More cone yarns, here I come!