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.