I am such a lucky girl, as I have a husband who supports my fiber
On Christmas morning, I was so excited to find a yarn swift and ball winder under the tree with my name on it.
Neither are a necessity, but they are great tools to have on hand for my handspun yarn.
The ball winder takes my skeins and turns them into nifty balls of yarn that are ready for use.
I have a tote full of yarn that needs to be "finished" before I can wind it into balls.
Finishing the yarn is not a difficult, I just tend to put it off until I need the yarn for a project.
Once the wool is spun into yarn, you wind it off the bobbin making skeins, using a niddy noddy.
After that step, it usually gets thrown into a tote...
But, before using the yarn it should be "finished", which is basically just a soak in warm/hot water, which relaxes and sets the yarn.
Place the skein into a pot of warm/hot water with a little bit of soap.
Let is soak 10-15 minutes.
Carefully remove excess water, without wringing it out.
I rinse the skein by putting it back into a clean pot of warm water and soak for 10 minutes.
After the rinse, I remove the excess water (without wringing).
Lay the skein on a towel, roll it up removing as much water as possible.
Hang the skein to dry.
As with almost anything, there are other methods of "finishing" your yarns, but this is the method I use, and it works for my yarns.
After the skeins are dry, I can use my yarn swift and ball winder.
The yarn swift clamps to a table. ( I used the island)
Once it is set up, you can place the skein on the swift.
Attach the yarn end to the ball winder (which also clamps to table) and wind!
When you are finished you have a center pull ball
-ready for knitting.
I love it! I must be an "official" yarn geek, because I cannot wait to "finish" up all of my skeins, so I can make more balls!