Last June I purchased and reviewed on my blog the Nancy’s Knit Knacks Heavy Duty Ball Winder. That post is here. Since that it has wound many a ball of yarn, all without any issues whatsoever.
Last weekend I got the motorized base for the ball winder. Within half an hour of unpacking the box I had it put together and the motorized ball winder was up and running. It works beautifully. I’ve wound several good-sized skeins of yarn since getting it and each one came out looking perfect.
I like that you can buy just the manual ball winder and then later if you like, you can easily add the motorized base.
There is, of course, an on/off switch, and there is also a control that lets you adjust the motor speed. You can save that speed setting, so if you have a number of skeins of the same yarn to wind, you can adjust the optimum winding speed on the first skein and then save it to wind each subsequent skein at the same speed.
This is not an inexpensive upgrade, but it is one that will save me a lot of discomfort manually cranking the ball winder, and judging from the reviews I’ve seen of this product, it’ll give me years and years of great service.
I am still (and will be for some time) knitting along on my Nordic Scarf.
And Loki is still a gentleman of leisure.