This may sound like a really stupid question, but I actually wonder this: how do you wind your yarn?
I’m sitting here looking at this cake of Plucky Knitter Primo, which came to me (like a pony from the sky, from La Plucky herself) wound into this little cylinder. I’m having a fine time pulling from the center, knowing that it will never roll across the floor, sturdy as a guardhouse.
I haven’t knit from a cake of yarn in ages.
I had a ball winder years ago, but I abandoned it because there is exactly one table in my house where the clamp fits, and I got tired of sitting in a lonesome corner of the den, pathetically winding away, when what I wanted was to be able to wind my yarn wherever I felt like it.
I never got a swift, because for some reason it seemed over the top to have two single-use yarn gizmos. My yarn-winding volume never seemed to merit it. So I’ve just stuck a skein over my knees, or onto a willing bystander’s hands, and wound it the way the Vikings wound it. Or Hittites, or Celts, or Merovingians, or whatever.
I like how a ball is round, like a Disney movie idea of a ball of yarn. I like the way it won’t collapse the way a cake of yarn sometimes does at the end of a skein. I like spending as much time as possible with a skein of yarn that is usually the least ordinary thing in my day.
There’s a whole industry devoted to winding yarn. What do you think? Is it better to wind on a ball winder? Am I wrong to think a ball winder and a swift are in fact single-use appliances? What am I missing here?