When purchasing used knitting machines I've found that a yarn winder of some type will be thrown into the deal. I have been given 3 small yarn winders, 1 jumbo yarn winder and now one electric yarn winder. I bought my jumbo yarn winder before I got one with a knitting machine I purchased. I gave it to a friend who was learning to knit and crochet.
The mini winders are hanging around unused. Recently I was given a Simet electric yarn winder. I have the manual jumbo yarn winder and I LOVE IT! If it were legal in the state of California... why yes I would marry it. :D I love winding yarn on it almost as much as I love knitting the item I'm winding it for. I find it so relaxing. It works great I don't have any problems and I get these great center pull balls perfect for my machine knitting.
I was intrigued with the electric winder. I knew already it wouldn't wind a ball as big as the jumbo winder. Quite frankly I thought of selling it without trying it. That's how useless I thought it would be in my life. I knew it couldn't interfere with my love affair with the jumbo winder. So, I got to thinking if I'm going to sell it I better make sure it actually works.
I got a skein of yarn I need for making another cupcake hat. I hooked up the yarn and turned on the machine. It work great, but didn't wind the whole skein of yarn. The winder wasn't big enough. I wound the extra bit of yarn around the outside of the ball.
Then I thought I have some sock yarn. The skeins are pretty small. They should be the perfect size for this electric winder.
I found the electric yarn winder to be nerve racking. One little knot, loop, or twist and the machine jams. No time to catch it and fix it like a manual winder. After about 15 tries with the sock yarn and all similar results I gave up. Also my son came into the kitchen to ask me why I needed so many pencils sharpened I've decided to stick with my Royal Jumbo Yarn Winder.
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