I have many tools in my studio, mostly because they provide a savings of time in some way. An electrical bobbin winder makes winding bobbins faster. I bought one when I realized it was taking longer to wind a bobbin by hand than it was taking to weave it off.
This is a Silver Needles cone winder. I much prefer to use yarn from a cone than a ball. For a while I was working a lot with skeins of yarn, and getting them into a package that didn't provide a lot of problems was making working with that yarn a chore. So when I first heard about the Silver Needles cone winder, I bought one right away. It was a bit pricey (between exchange rate and shipping, it was even more expensive), but the ability to quickly and relatively trouble free process of getting skeins onto cones makes the purchase well worth while.
My original cone winder was getting very worn out. I do, after all, use it a lot and parts wear. Then I heard that the company was back in business making the winders again. I thought long and hard about buying another one because really, how much longer am I going to be doing this? Well, as it happens, I hope for a good while longer.
The yarn I wound today is for a research project and is a hand spun singles wool, fairly fine. I was able to get all of the skeins wound this afternoon with no muss, no fuss. The combination of winder and squirrel cage swift makes getting skeins onto cones a piece of cake, as they say.
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