My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



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.



  1. Seriously! That cat!

  2. The scarf is coming along beautifully! Seeing your wonderful ball winder makes me want to pull the trigger and get one! I did not have a ball winder/swift in over a year!

    Everytime I see a picture of Loki my eyes go straight to his fluffy paws! He is gorgeous.

  3. Love the new brown-biege Nordic and how cool electric ball winder!!

  4. I lurves my Nancy’s Ball Winder….but I don’t wind yarn enough to warrant the expensive electric upgrade. But I lurves the winder…
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  5. Hi Wendy…if I use a worsted or DK I would get a wider cowl and can just shorten the pattern perhaps?

  6. I think a Nancy’s ball winder is in my future! But can you steer me in the right direction for a good swift?

  7. Your Nordic scarf is coming along beautifully, I so love your color choices and pattern. The wooden ball winder is lovey; have to check them out. . . . .

  8. The Nordic scarf is gorgeous! I hope there will be a pattern for sale.

    5 years ago I would have said something like: “Automatic ball winder. What a wimp!” Fortunately, I am getting slightly smarter with age. It now sounds great ­čÖé

  9. Loki needs a gentleman’s club. Like Georgette Heyer described in her novels. He could lie around and look elegant with other cats and they could ‘lay a wager’ and talk about the military. He’s such a fine, dapper specimen.
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  10. Lovely scarf! Looking forward to pattern.

    To Gwen above if she sees this – after losing a lovely skein of Hand Maiden to a swift malfunction (it just sort of slid off and tangled like crazy), I bought a Beka. Bulky as heck, not very portable unless you disassemble it, but no skein is ever going to slide off it. Well, I didn’t really lose the skein, but it took absolutely forever to get it untangled, so it didn’t go into THAT project.

    And Loki may be a gentleman of leisure, but I’m wondering if there are any spinners out there eyeing him up? Could he earn some of his keep?

  11. Very timely post for me I have been doing a lot of winding lately. I’m going to think about upgrading the winder and adding power. Thanks
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  12. Wow! That scarf is Gorgeous!!
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  13. I may be partial because I am Nordic, but that is a BEAUTIFUL scarf.
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  14. The colors are on the scarf are beautiful- so warm and lovely. A compliment to Loki’s coloring!

  15. I love, love, love the nordic scarf!! Need the pattern for sure.

  16. Heidi (LunaKitty) says:

    Wow – that scarf is gorgeous!

  17. Goodness, I just had to “embiggen” Loki’s picture — what floof! I remember reading that most cats have three types of hair: guard hairs that are straight and lay over the undercoat, which is generally crimped (like wool!) and very warm & fine, and among the guard hairs are sensory hairs that have nerve endings in the roots. Some folks do spin with the undercoat; that hair is usually longer than the guard hairs in short-coated cats. I think you’d have to have some experience spinning with short fibers, but it can be done. Don’t know if it would be itchy! I love the colors of the Nordic Scarf, so warm & soft.
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  18. Your scarf is coming along nicely! With the amount of knitting you do, I’m sure that motorized ball winder comes in handy. ­čÖé
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  19. Midnite Baker says:

    I’ve looked longingly at that ball winder with the electric motor, but only wind about a half dozen balls a year, so just can’t justify the purchase. I have a plastic one and one of Stan’s Yarn Swifts.
    They work fine for me. And a hubby on stand-by when I need any help. :)) With all the knitting you do I’m sure you are thanking the stars that someone invented a motorized yarn ball winder. Scarf looks gorgeous. Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you and Loki. M