Guess what arrived today?!? A small box from KnitPicks! As you can see, my ball winder is inside along with some merino/silk yarn I'm trying out and I also received a sample card of their shine worsted yarn.
Here are the pieces for the ball winder.
Here the thread guide is swung into the winder, shipped this way.
Before you can wind your yarns, you have to swing the thread guide away from the winder like this:
Here, I have attached the hand held grip to the winder. This gives me the option to hold the winder in my hand.
I've attached the ball winder to my DH's desk to test the winder out. Notice the thread guide is extended.
This is my 2nd attempt at winding. As you can see, the results are wonderful!
Note: my first attempt at winding caused my ball of yarn to fly off the winder at top speed. No injuries were caused by this operator. Since this is an inexpensive ball winder and not the Royal-brand ball winder at my work, I have to wind the yarn a tiny bit slower. No cranking at great speeds. So instead of cranking at 75 mph, I just crank at 60 mph. Anyways, what's the rush?
This ball winder is a keeper. I highly recommend it for home use and going normal speed limit.
Oh, the yarns that came in my order are Shadow Kettle Hand Dye and Gloss Lace...both lace weight yarns. The shadow kettle is 100% merino (Begonia & Bordeaux on the right) and the Gloss Lace is 70% merino and 30% silk (Pinot & Ultramarine on the left). The colors are amazing! Look at the sheen on the Gloss Lace.
This evening I will test drive my DIY swift with my new ball winder. I'll be back with more pictures. :)
Here's some pictures of the swift and ball winder.