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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. ]

Happy Fiber!!


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Comment by wendy on February 27, 2011 at 9:28am

Ah Nutty, I am so glad you shared this with us.  I am finding it quite helpful. 


Pickle - I had the same problem turning off a text option.  I found if you type something in the text you won't want, highlight it, and then click on the icon you clicked on in the first place and it will turn it back to normal.

Comment by PickleSue on December 24, 2010 at 9:13am

This is a fantastic blog, Nutty!!  Thanks for the tip.  I think I forgot to 'follow' your blogs because I missed it!  I'm going to go turn it on right now.  :)  Your silk spinning is gorgeous!!  Love that. I'm hoping to spin something with more percentage of silk when my 80/20 merino/silk is done.  :)    (I'm loving the text options, too, but can't get the bold to turn OFF!  Lol.  Oh well.  :D)

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 17, 2010 at 7:59pm

That is good to know.

Comment by Nutty4Knitting on December 17, 2010 at 7:53pm

Susan, I only pay this much attention to it when I know I'll be maxing out my bobbin space.  Then it's pretty necessary to have the yarn wound on evenly.  I can fit 4 oz of singles and plied on my bobbin if I do use this method, though, so I'm glad it works.

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 17, 2010 at 7:04pm

Nutty, Great pics and great blog... I'm not all that worried about evenly wound bobbins... and don't go to quite this much trouble.. but still get a fairly wound single from time to time.

Comment by wendy on December 17, 2010 at 11:48am

What a useful tip.  Thank you so much for all the sharing of knowledge with others.  It has been very helpful and much appreciated.  Beautiful yarn by the way.  I love blue.  Don't even mention the hswk!  Just consider it 'thermal protection'.  Yeah, that's what dust is, 'thermal protection'. lol

Comment by christina | AlohaBlu on December 15, 2010 at 11:30am

thanks Nutty! your photos are super useful and that yarn is gorgeous :)

Comment by cherylbwaters on December 15, 2010 at 11:23am

Nutty, you have been so helpful to this community. Thank you for sharing all your helpful hints with us. Give Cowgirl a big kiss from me!

Comment by KnitterGirl39 on December 14, 2010 at 5:12pm

Great Technique!  Thanks for sharing, I'll have to try it sometime.

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