Yarn Ball Winder

Yarn Ball Winder


Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd. I’m your host Mikey. Today we are gonna be winding up our balls, our yarn balls I should say. And this is a great little ball winder in order to take those scrap yarn that you have. Now I’m the queen of many things, but scrap yarn is something I definitely have a lot of. And what I have is that I have a lot of deflated balls like this. Not enough to just roll it up and do a little small little ball, but just enough you know that, you know it’s a kind of a pain to store because then it gets flat and the uggh. You know how it is here. You are an artist just like I am. So what we want to do with the ball winder, is that we want to take our deflated balls like this, and make them into beautiful little yarn cakes. And these are nice and tight and a lot easier to store. And you know what? I haven’t even tied that off, and you can see that it’s not falling apart. So today I’ve been reading reviews on people complaining about losing control of their balls, and basically they’re winding up, and the balls pop off, or the ball is sloppy. I don’t have sloppy balls. My balls don’t pop off. And yet I still have beautiful little yarn cakes at the end of this. So in today’s tutorial I’m gonna show you how to load this up. I’m gonna show you some tips, so that you can prevent your balls from flying off. Okay the first thing what we want to do, is that we want to fasten this to a surface. You can use an end of the table. Just make sure that it’s not a surface that you don’t mind wrecking. So this has been pretty scratched, and you will notice that these Yarn Ball Winders have a clamp underneath, and it has a rubberized bottom, this particular model has. And so I notice that it happens to fit perfectly within my little chair that I’d love to sit on. So all I’m just gonna do now, is that I’m just gonna slide the clamp underneath, and push it up, and just use the wing nuts. Just like so. In order to secure it. Just like that. So now all of a sudden you now have a product that’s completely mounted, and you can completely spin as you go. So that’s our first step. Mount your Ball Winder. The next step you want to do, is that when you pull your ball winder out of the box you’re gonna notice that it’s all one unit, and this piece here, all you have to just do is now slide it out, and basically all the way out, and you will hear click. And basically it’s now sturdy, and in position, on the other side that you can see. So basically the yarn is going to be feeding through the eyes of this particular piece right here, and then catching on to the Ball Winder as we go. So that’s step number two. The next step we want to do, is that we want to take our yarn from the interior of the ball, and if you have uh, one that’s completely wound up as well, you could just do up in the exterior. I prefer the interior, and basically I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. And basically I want to feed it through this, and now I struggled to figure out how to do that really quickly. But here’s how you do it. You’re gonna take your string, and you’re gonna come on the front side. So away from you, and you’re gonna pull up, and it’s gonna go on the inside, and basically you just take this hand here toward the ball winder, and just go down underneath. And basically you have fed that through. Let me show you how to do that again more slowly. Okay, so we’re just gonna stretch it out, and we’re gonna go down underneath. You’ll notice that we’re in between. Just like so. We’re gonna take the one on the yarn ball side, and we’re gonna pull it up, and you’ll see that it’s on the one side of the ring only, and we’re just, so we’ve come up from the back, and we come down, and around the front. Like so. And voila. You are now through. So to load this up you just have to wrap around once, and when you come around after you’ve gone around once, you want to come up, and you’ll see that there’s grooves that are on the top. Just like so. And you want to go across. Now we can use this later on when we go to actually use this ball in our crochet projects. And we can grab from the interior if you prefer that method most, because that seems to make sense. Now you can see I want to grab this one on this side, and kind of keep it so that I can control it a lot more better. And so we’re just gonna rotate, and I just start off slowly. And you will notice that this is rotating around. Just like so. But also the top piece is also doing a rotation on its own. So there’s actually two revolutions going on within this project at one time, and you will notice that it starts to wrap really evenly. So I don’t want to ever let go of this string that’s feeding it, because it’s providing it some tension, is what you need. Also a knot just came out of the work. Just like so. This was not intended, but this is a perfect example of why you really don’t want to release any of this yarn that is in this hand. So you just want to continue to spin. So we just continue to spin, and we just want to be a little bit of patient to it, until we know that that yarn ball is going to be cool. And so basically once you get going, as long as you don’t let go of the string that’s going on, you can pretty well get pretty fast with this, and wind up this whole ball. So here’s the the size of the ball, just like you see, and let’s see how long this takes. Very effortless. Just turning it. You know I’m kind of sitting on my chair that I would sit in front of the television. So people are saying to me, well you can’t yarn up a whole Super Saver yarn ball in this thing, and the whole point of this Yarn Winder is to do two things. It’s for those yarns that are in hanks to be able to work with them. But you know what? Why would you want to wind up the super Saver ball when it’s already kind of done as it is? So you kind of notice the configuration going on now. You can really get a good glimpse with this yellow, on exactly how it is, that it’s working up on this. So as the ball gets more, I’ve just got a little bit left here, you’ll notice that it starts to tangle up a little bit. And that’s because that would normally happen to you if you were crocheting as well. And basically this is just a great way to keep your balls organized. Like so. So now just I’m gonna finish up. And what I want to just do now, is just as coming to the very end. Just like so. So we’re now completely done. So that whole yarn ball is now like that. And what I like to do before I pull it off this thing, because you’ll notice it just slips right off. Is that I take the yarn label, just like so, and I fold it into a little circle. Like so. Because I’m the kind of person that I like to know what this yarn is. And so what I want to do, is that I want to put this in the inside. So I’m just going to put the ball up, so that the yarn stays on the inside. And as soon as you do that this yarn here now will relax, and then grab that label, and hold it into position. So that’s how you operate a Ball Winder.

100 Comments

  • TheExpatHome

    July 8, 2013

    Thumbs up for sexual innuendos!

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  • Ronnie Angelo

    July 31, 2013

    I too laughed all the way through it, but mine just came in the mail from eBay and I love it!!!

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  • SpiritBear12

    September 5, 2013

    I ordered the same model from Amazon August 26th, it's now Sept 5th and it's still not here. It was supposed to arrive yesterday. I sure wish this thing would arrive, I have a whole bunch of "sloppy" balls" I need to tidy up!

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  • chineelu

    September 17, 2013

    Haha you're so cute and hilarious! Thanks for all your videos:)

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  • Mayden Dragonash

    September 18, 2013

    deflated balls, loosing control of your balls… OMG to damn funny…
    anyway… I purchased an electric one and I wished I got the manual one now.

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  • Holly Howell

    September 22, 2013

    basically….

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  • Snowapple

    October 4, 2013

    So, when you crochet from a wound ball, do you use the yarn coming out of the center of the ball or the yarn on the outside?

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  • Gm_beanzz Flick

    October 8, 2013

    This is on my Christmas list! Wow looks fun too …. no more sloppy balls 😉 thank you for all yr videos :))

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  • limeforlyme

    October 9, 2013

    What brand is that winder? I've bought two different brands that did not work well at all.

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  • Brenda W

    October 13, 2013

    Whats the reason for winding the yarn? Why should we wind the yarn?

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  • The Crochet Crowd

    October 14, 2013

    it makes the yarn more compact and easier to store [email protected] Crochet Crowd 🙂

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  • Brenda W

    October 14, 2013

    Winding yarn by hand into a ball makes uneven tension so than a winder would make the tension even on the skein?? Winding yarn with a yarn winder would that also loosen the tension on the skein ? The skein is round tight is it not??

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  • USMCMom2016

    November 3, 2013

    The brand is Royal.

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  • Kat F

    December 3, 2013

    Thank you.  I was contemplating getting this as I've always did it by hand.  I think after seeing how uncomplicated it is as well as it would be easier to stack my yarns….   thank you for sharing.

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  • Vicki Gensini

    December 5, 2013

    What is the brand you are using in the video?  Thank you.

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  • ElizabethGronlund& GachaGurl

    December 15, 2013

    U sure hope the one I ordered is as nice 🙂

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  • RareBirdCrafts

    January 22, 2014

    I laughed way to hard at this video!  LOL

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  • Jan Turner

    January 24, 2014

    How on earth did you keep a straight face? I WANT A BLOOPER REEL! Rubber bottoms, tight balls, balls flying off? Talk about stand up!

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  • November Moon

    January 29, 2014

    Awesomeee!!!! I didnt even these things existed lol. I need one asap!!

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  • Nikki B

    April 24, 2014

    always love your tutorials!! thanks for posting! the part about inserting the label inside the ball at the end was so helpful too! i was originally going to put the ball in a plastic bag with the label, but this will be alot easier and save me on not having to buy a million gallon size bags 🙂

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  • ellie

    July 8, 2014

    Oh gosh I want one

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  • Wendy D

    August 1, 2014

    Couldn't help but smile at Mikey's innuendo comments – perfect – I wish my school teachers Had had a delivery like his. I learned how to use a ball winder and had a giggle too!

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  • Dee Prastiningtyas

    September 30, 2014

    hiya, Mikey. 🙂
    i have the same product, and I dont know if anyone had said this, but you can also put the beginning of the yarn through the loophole of the metal stand. easier for me than to twirl it around from the bottom of it. 🙂 and i agree that THIS IS AN AMAZING TOOL! I even beat that shiny slippery polyester balls into neat and lovely polyester yarn cake.

    toodles! 🙂

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  • Bonnie M

    October 23, 2014

    Hi Mikey
    I'm a newbie hooker and the Royal ball winder was highly recommended by a long time hooker.  She told me to stay away from anything plastic.  Unfortunately the Royal ball winder is now all plastic.  Are they still holding up as well as the older ones that had metal parts?  I don't want to spend 58.00 and have it useless in under a year.  Comments or suggestions really appreciated.  Am i unrealistic to expect a winder to less more than a year?  Thanks Mikey and anybody that can guide me.  Bonnie

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  • Deborah Tilley

    November 18, 2014

    lol ty Mikey and I am glad your balls dont fall off!!! lmao

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  • rockinwithrammstein

    November 18, 2014

    So…where's the blooper reel?  You know that this was one of those ones that had multiple takes 😉

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  • Melissa Cassick

    November 18, 2014

    High marks for keeping a straight face.

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  • Janette Huard

    November 19, 2014

    Wish they made one that would wind a jumbo skein of yarn….

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  • Vicki Vrbanek

    November 28, 2014

    I read or saw somewhere that you reviewed different winders, but i have not been able to find it anywhere – if you did a review of different brands could someone post a link please?!

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  • Roberta Bilicki

    December 6, 2014

    This is great! Thankyou…..

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  • tiffd11161

    January 1, 2015

    Ok I want the deleted scenes because I know that he had to take many takes to say that opening without cracking up with the ball remarks.  The sloppy balls was enough for me to spit out my drink and choke laughing so hard.  On a serious note I want this machine now so that I can have perky balls too.  😀  😉

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  • neusa maria varvalho de melo leme Ma

    January 1, 2015

    muito bom! gostei  obrigada

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  • Diane Macmillan

    January 14, 2015

    Hi Mikie. I love my ball winder, but I did not like the way the yarn started to collapse as you use the yarn, so I came up with the idea to use the cardboard insert from toilet paper. I cut it down the middle to make it snug and tape it , not too tight or you can't get it off the winder. I also at times have to cut it around the top to make it the same size as the winder stem. I take the first string of yarn and put just a little tape onto the paper roller. It works perfect. and as your using the yarn, it will not collapse in the middle as most of the sights that show how to use this, once the yarn is done, they say to start using it from the center. Dosn't make sence as as you go along the ball starts to collapse. Give my suggestion a try and tell me what you think.

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  • Tammy Palestro

    January 22, 2015

    No one likes loose nuts and sloppy balls. 80 Thank you for sharing your method for making them neat and tidy. Mine will much better from here on out!

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  • Abby Ray

    January 24, 2015

    Where are the review on the winders, when I clicked the link it came up page not found! 

    I'm looking at purchasing a ball winder and need help one which one to get! Any advice will be greatly appreciated 🙂

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  • kieron pegg

    February 4, 2015

    Got to love some innuendos

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  • Sylvia

    March 1, 2015

    Mikey, can you do a tutorial video on what Diane MacMillan was sharing on the comment section? She talks about how these cakes are really nice, however, many seem to agree that when you start to use your yarn from the center of these fantastic cakes…the cake starts to collapse…or rather "implode".  To remedy this she suggests using the cardboard portion from a empty toilet paper roll and putting it on the plastic cone portion of the yarn winder with tape, etc..  Anyhow, I was wondering if you could do a video on this?  You are the 'go-to-crochet-guy' on YouTubeLand and am praying you do a followup video on this helpful hint from another YouToober. 😉  (I triple dog dare you!!) lol 

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  • annoir

    April 18, 2015

    Thanks for the review, you are hee-larious!  Reminds me of the SNL skit, "Schweddy's Balls"!!!

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  • Copper Angel

    May 5, 2015

    I had a ball watching this video! This is exactly what I needed to learn — thank you!

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  • Poenut

    May 13, 2015

    "I don't have problems with my balls falling off" [snicker..snort]

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  • Terri Roper

    December 7, 2015

    hi can you tell me which end to use when I crochet thank you terri ☺

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  • rebecca sabet

    December 13, 2015

    Actually people will wind a whole skein of super saver usuallu because they have limited storage space.

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  • Alberto Roca

    January 2, 2016

    You're so calm and insightfull! Thanks a lot for such a well edited video!

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  • Genise, DoloresCrochet creations

    January 5, 2016

    Thanks Mikey your method works beautiful.  I was about to take it back to Michaels. You saved the day lol.

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  • Radha Srikrishnan

    January 18, 2016

    What happens if the yarn breaks up in the middle. How do I restart it.

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  • Tormadhat's Channel

    February 6, 2016

    I want one!😳

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  • Barbara Whiteside

    February 26, 2016

    Apparently they do not make the royal ball winder anymore? At least everything i'm seeing says that… Do you recommend another brand that is similar?

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  • Sue LaRose

    April 13, 2016

    I've seen so many on the internet how do I decide which one to buy??

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  • Tyna Smith

    April 23, 2016

    Perfect!

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  • LATCH HOOKING

    May 4, 2016

    your very funny bro love ya

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  • Tara Willo

    September 18, 2016

    All of the childish people of YouTube got a good snicker out of this one lol

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  • Diane Hubatchek

    December 3, 2016

    Thank you for the video! It was very helpful & now I need to get a yarn winder.

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  • rosewms1

    December 3, 2016

    Mine ball winder is identical woks great on 4-ply, but messes up on any finer yarn like baby yarn or "Unforgettable" that is thinner and has a sheen or silkiness to it.  Any suggestions?  I go through boatloads of baby yarn for charity hats for the hospitals, and loads of  Unforgetable for prayer shawls and keepsakes for the elderly.  I love the center-pull the ball winder makes.

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  • 77sandy49

    March 12, 2017

    i need one

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  • Becky Garcia

    March 14, 2017

    Ummm, why not just put the string right in through the hole, no need to do that fancy threading?

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  • Saundra Frioux

    March 14, 2017

    Thank you for this video! I just bought one 2 days ago and made my first ball and it was lose, so this was a good tutorial for me.

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  • nousdeux

    March 25, 2017

    Merci

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  • 7peacefrog

    April 7, 2017

    I have never seen 1 of these, now I have something for my new to buy list! But what is a/the brand that you like best in this? I tried the other video link at the bottom, but it said not found :/ Thank you Mikey 🙂

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  • MoiSylvie

    June 17, 2017

    And how do you prevent your balls for flying off? loll (serious question, because, i just bought a ball winder (KnitPicks) and my 1st one came flying off even if i kept a nice steady flow with it (Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable) and i thought maybe the yarn is too soft to stay on plastic. No worries, i made 2 balls out of it. Let's start again I told myself (never EVER give up I reminded myself, not a ball winder will get the better of moi) and grab a cotton yarn instead… to no avail. It keeps flying off the handle! Wait a minute…that was me! LOLL Maybe I put too much enthusiasm in my winding and should slow down? How you kept a straight face through that intro beats me! Thanks for the tuto…much appreciated 🙂

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  • Marie Dubach

    August 8, 2017

    How many ounces can you put on the winder. Would a 6oz fit?

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  • Kristan Youngblood

    October 15, 2017

    I really like the winder. Where could I buy it online? Just got rid of my electric one, didn't like the cakes. The one you made looks like the one from a LYS i got last year. Perfect. The electric winder made them really sloppy. Thank you for the video 🤗❤

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  • Ángela Bailén Navarro

    November 5, 2017

    Yo quiero eso

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  • Sassy Cat

    January 4, 2018

    I really need to organize my balls. XD

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  • Brittany Dinger

    February 13, 2018

    Am I the only one that would listen to Mikey talk about grass growing all day long and be entertained? ☺

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  • Lorna Hazelwood

    March 25, 2018

    Mikey thank you for this video. can you please let me know where you purchased the yarn ball winder.lorna hazelwood, also I been watching your videos for sometime.

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  • Janine Rosenke

    September 7, 2018

    Super tips. Thx for sharing.

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  • Yumi Tokushige

    September 7, 2018

    Deflated balls look like waffles. I have no balls.
    Nicely wound.

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  • Sarahlee Crochet

    September 18, 2018

    oh i hate sloppy flying off balls.so much rather cakes

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  • Kathryn Meador

    September 27, 2018

    I had a small problem with it collapsing. I also use a toilet paper tube, and it's great. I also make faux cables with them. Then I add a six-pack ring to DC around; join as a doily ring; and place toilet tube candles in the rings. It's great as an x-mas decor. And safer when you have little ones that may be tempted to "light up" a real candle.

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  • Kathryn Meador

    September 27, 2018

    Sorry! I should have checked my spelling. I don't make " cables". I make candles. :o)

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  • Michelle Harris, Loan Signing Agent

    October 15, 2018

    Nice.gonna get one

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  • Alexandria Summers

    October 22, 2018

    So funny! Thanks.

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  • SeacoastView

    October 24, 2018

    Sadly, Royal no longer makes this ball winder… and the "just as good" one from Stanwood is NOT NEARLY as good. i wanted one for my wife after watching her wind multiple balls by hand. unfortunately ball winders seem to go from "too cheap and poorly made to own" to $130… with not much in the middle. i'd love to find a high quality plastic one for her that's made in Germany or Switzerland. ::sigh:: Any ideas?

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  • Jon Campos

    November 16, 2018

    I hate the way my balls roll around on the floor as Im knitting. Wink wink

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  • Tiffany Brand

    December 17, 2018

    Trying to find on your site to purchase one and stating page no longer available

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  • Jennifer Christopher

    December 19, 2018

    Great video 👍 gotta buy me one now❤️

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  • MaiWei

    December 28, 2018

    Watching it yarn-up is so relaxing for some reason. I dunno why.

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  • Dina Ibarra

    December 31, 2018

    No entiendo su idioma, a donde lo venden ?

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  • LITTLE MRS. FABULOUS!

    December 31, 2018

    He would make a good drinking game. Take a shot every time he says balls

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  • BlowItOutYourCunt

    January 3, 2019

    I hated every one I've ever tried! It was an expensive experiment that got me no where. I get my kiddo to roll balls of yarn for me! Simple and she get a dime for every one she rolls up!

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  • Uma Pathak

    February 5, 2019

    how can we provide this thread

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  • BarbaraL Lowell

    February 12, 2019

    you did a simply wonderful job at teaching refined points of how to use the winder; your juvenile bathroom jokes not so refined and not funny to me … I am sad at how the world has changed so much as to think grade school humor is funnee. Jeez our society has really deteriorated to infantile humor. Nevertheless I would sub but I knit not crochet, I like you … your humor not so much! Peace anyway, you are a doll of an instructor IMO.

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  • C W

    March 4, 2019

    balls

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  • Gina Hall

    March 9, 2019

    I love my ball winder. I’m the queen of scrap yarn, so this saves me lots of time and grief.

    When knitting fuzzy scarves, to give the scarf more body and warmth, I combine a fuzzy strand with a complimentary supersaver yarn using my ball winder. The reason I do that is because I’m knitting with even tension with yarns that have very different weights. Also, I can tell the look of the scarf quite well by looking at the ball.

    Thanks for the tip about putting the label in the center. I can’t believe that I’ve been knitting for 40 years and never thought of that.

    When I get done winding a ball, I always make sure to have the starter end coming out of the center so it pulls easily instead of goobering up the entire center trying to find it.

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  • J. Heredia

    March 20, 2019

    Nice balls

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  • Chin-En C.

    March 24, 2019

    Hi, just curious.. at about 3:00 you show us how to get the yarn through the metal loop. Isn’t it just simply pull the beginning of the yarn through the loop like threading a needle?! (Or maybe I get it wrong) 🙂

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  • Tina Gallagher

    March 31, 2019

    Than you.

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  • barefoot N_WV

    April 17, 2019

    Does this make it center pull?

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  • CreatingwithWingless Angel

    April 19, 2019

    His composer of saying balls and wingnuts convinced me to buy the winder🤣🤣🤣

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  • Aloisia Caitir

    April 23, 2019

    Thanx. I just bought 1 after searching for years. Thanx for the laugh to.

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  • yknowgirl

    May 20, 2019

    Best listening EVER! Your yarn balls are impressive, lol

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  • Raeanne Bedard

    May 23, 2019

    Thank you for this tutorial, I’m getting one tomorrow because rolling skein remainders into balls by hand is a literal pain. Also, my “couch” is my bed would a lap table work to clamp the winder on? Update: I got it and love it, $40 well spent, and it clamped to my lap table just fine

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  • merge59

    May 25, 2019

    Oh Mikey, you have such nice balls… SMH 😂 …. how did you say all that with a straight face. I think you said balls way more than you needed to. And the fly “nuts” too. 😂🤣😅😂🤣

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  • Raeanne Bedard

    June 15, 2019

    I fell in love with mine right after I got mine

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  • IAMdevilwomen

    June 27, 2019

    I want the blooper video, no way he did this in 1 take talking about balls flying off lol

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  • Lonnie Appleby

    August 12, 2019

    I’M DYING INSIDE with laughter! Love this!

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  • Maria De Jesus

    October 18, 2019

    Y k precio tiene la maquinita de mexico saludos

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  • Marilyn Keddy

    November 27, 2019

    oh my…..so funny! thanks for that!

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  • Tiny Tess

    December 10, 2019

    have been considering buying a ball winder for ages and this video gave me that push I needed, haha! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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  • M Juarez

    December 22, 2019

    You make everything look so easy!!! 🌺🌺🌺

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