Yarn Winder & Swift

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Project by briar posted 08-27-2014 02:35 AM 2239 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife makes items for charities out of yarn. She makes hundreds of hats, socks, sweaters, blankets etc. every year using her knitting machines. Knitting machines are like clamps I am told, you can’t have enough of them. She buys yarn in skeins and roving and needed a way to wind it on cones to feed the knitting machines. We say a picture of weaver’s bobbin winder and with a few modifications I made the cone winder for her. Purchased a sewing machine motor with foot pedal, turned a couple small cones for spindles and made the base unit. The motor drives the cone via the larger of the spindle cone and the smaller spindle acts like a live center of a lathe. The yarn cones were made from empty yarn cones by adding a larger base to pile the yarn against while she loads the cone. The yarn is guided by hand, moving back and forth while it is wound. The yarn running across the fingers gets very warm, thus the glove. The yarn swift was made to hold the roving while it is wound. Skeins are pulled from the center as they are wound. Project was made from maple scraps and the sewing machine motor was less then $15.00.


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#1 posted 08-27-2014 09:34 PM

Very nicely made. I am sure your wife is very happy!

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 10:44 PM

I know you made it because! You used to be the yarn WINDER!

Very good idea/job/ way to freedom!

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