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Shawl Progress

December 30, 2015

Aside from the tiny human items shown yesterday, my weekend knitting consisted of ignoring any and everything else to knit on the handspun shawl I shared last week. IMG_2256

I am once again reminded of the fact that if you actually knit on something, progress can be made. Although when I was originally winding the cake for this knit, I discovered much to my dismay that once again I seem to have either too much yarn for my poor little ball winder, or not enough ball winder for my yarn.

Don’t get me wrong, my little ball winder and the more recently purchased swift are two pieces of equipment I do not want to be without, but I am starting to feel that either I need to learn a better way of winding the cakes (which is probably the easiest fix) or I need to consider investing in a new jumbo ball winder (which is what I want, but requires saving and saving and saving and did I meantion saving?) The current winder is a rather inexpensive (all things considered) plastic winder, that I purchased from Knit Picks a couple of years ago. When I go to wind it on, I push the little metal arm as far out as it can go (aka the opposite side of it’s regular resting place) Which now that I am reviewing the photo that I linked, I am wondering do I have it too far out? Any ball winding gurus out there in blogland willing to share your tips? My main issue is that when the cake gets to a certain size the yarn starts to wrap underneath the little platform it sits on. I can sometimes manipulate the arm to make it not do that, but lately I have had to just wrap the last bits of yarn around the outside of the cake, you can kind of see in the photo above. This is fine, but sometimes my yarn seems to slip along the top (or bottom) of the cake and I end up with a tangled mess. Which usually results in my frustrated mutterings until the Giant takes pity on me and helps assist with the ever growing knots. (Seriously that dude is a wizard when it comes to untangling skeins)

Of course the other night when sleep eluded me once again, and the tangled mess became too much to bear I was forced to weigh my options, I could stop knitting on the shawl (which wasn’t going to happen); wake the Giant up to ask for help (which I doubt he would be happy about); or attempt to figure the mess out myself. I opted for number three, which meant that a good hour was spent untangling the mess and while I had podcasts to keep me company, there was a plethora of angry mutterings from me. I did manage to fix the problem without having to cut the yarn, which was amazing. I opted to wind it into a ball by hand and set back to work.


The shawl is definitely growing and that little ball is all that I have left (it is rather dense so there is more than would appear.) I have contemplated whether or not I want to save a little bit of the yarn to use in my sock blanket, and I am still undecided. What are your thoughts? I am leaning towards yes, but then I come back and squish the shawl and realize how cozy and warm it will be and I want to get as much as possible out of the yarn. Oh the problems of a knitter, am I right?




From → Fiber Arts, Knitting

  1. Just me, Moni permalink

    Colours look great 🙂

  2. Looks like a great project on the needles

  3. I have the same ball winder (at least it looks the same, I’ve had mine for almost 20 years) and have the same issues with it. My metal thing flips out & sort of clicks into place though. If people would just stop spinning & dying new yarns for me to buy, I might be able to save up enough money to buy a jumbo ball winder, but that’s not very likely.

  4. Missy's Crafty Mess permalink

    I think it’s beautiful thus far. I hate tangles but I hate cutting yarn even more.

  5. Thank you very much for not waking me up 😀
    Also, congratulations on fixing one of the Gordian Knotesque tangles you seem to get.

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