Thanks for all the lovely comments on my shawl-in-progress. I am so delighted with how the Wollmeise colorway I’m using works so well with the pattern.
Reader Christy commented:
I have a hank of the Dani colorway, how in the world did you wind it? Did you wind half of it, then cut the yarn, then wind the other half? I’m concerned that my ballwinder won’t be able to handle a cake that large.
The winding of the yarn was not pretty.
I have an electric ballwinder that I acquired several years ago. I don’t think it’s available in the U.S. anymore. And sadly, it’s showing its age — but with a little encouragement it will wind a skein of yarn off a swift.
My 300 gram skein of Wollmeise is over 1700 yards and I wasn’t too enthusiastic about winding it by hand. So, without really thinking it through, I popped the skein on my swift and started winding with the electric ballwinder.
It is important to note here that my ballwinder is capable of holding an 8 ounce skein. And that the skein of yarn I was winding was over 10.5 ounces.
(Yeah, I do that — jump in feet first without really thinking about the consequences of my actions.)
So of course I ended up with a big fat ball o’ yarn on the ballwinder that was threatening to overflow, and about a quarter of the skein left on the swift. If the ball o’ yarn were to overflow, it would get caught in the gears of the ballwinder and that is a definite no-no.
So I took the ball of yarn off the ball winder and manually wound the last quarter skein, pulling it through the guide on the ball winder because there was no way I was going to cut it.
It took a while.
Incidentally, the pattern calls for approximately half the amount of yarn that’s in my giant ball o’ Wollmeise, so I really could have cut it. But I’m stubborn like that. And I’ll likely give away the remainder of the skein of Wollmeise when I’m done, so I wanted an unsullied skein.
The shawl in progress:
The Little Princess, with her box.
Boy, is she ever gonna be pissed when I throw it away . . .