Some time ago some of us were talking about the advantages of having a Wooly Winder for a spinning wheel. The main ones being you don't have to handle the yarn and move it from hook to hook on your flyer, and you have an evenly wound bobbin. [This may have taken place on a discussion that has been deleted since I'm not finding it to link to it. =( ]
It would be great to have the advantages of this wonderful attachment, but not all of us can afford one, or really can't justify buying one. [Especially if that $ could buy more fiber!! =))) ]
Several years ago I learned this hint for helping to wind the yarn more evenly onto the bobbin. You still have to move the yarn from hook to hook, but this does seem to help eliminate the unevenness, as long as you do move the yarn!! =)) LOL [For those pf you who have trouble remembering to do this, I can recommend the usefulness of a teenager in the room. You will never lack for warning then!! For those of you becoming aquainted with my Tribe, that would be Cowgirl! LOL]
Having the yarn wound evenly is the goal.
Your leader should be placed at the front of the bobbin:
1) Begin winding on using the hook at the back, or farthest from you. In this picture it is the hook to the far right.
2) The next hook position you move to will be the one at the front of the flyer. In this picture the hook to the far left.
3) The third position will be the hook one postion forward from the back. In this picture the hook that has the yarn.
As you can see, the yarn will make crosses along the bobbin as you move from hook to hook in this manner. Make your first layers, fairly thin.
Continue moving from back to front, front to back, placing the yarn one more hook toward the middle each time, at each end.
The last position for each layer will be the middle hook. Or, if you have an even number of hooks, the 'front' or 'back' hook closest to the middle.
When you begin the second layer, place the yarn on the front hook, and alternate front to back as before, ending in the middle.
The third layer would then begin at the back hook, the fourth at the front hook, and so on.
This is the almost full bobbin, the actual one!, shown in the above photos. [It was dark so I had to use the flash, Sorry!]
If you aren't careful about changing hooks often enough, you can still have some lumpy places, but I have had much more even bobbins since using this technique, and I am able to fit more yarn on my bobbins.
Hope this is helpful to some of you!
[ Should have dusted first, but that is H********!! Knew you'd understand! ]
Note: The yarn shown in these pics is my Tussah silk dyed in the Opal colorway by Chasing Rainbows. It is destined to be a Bird's Nest shawl from Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle.
[ I'm loving this new tool bar and the expanded options we have!! Like color for fonts, different font options!! =))) Can you tell? Now they just need to fix it so text can be next to the pics. ]