Do I need a yarn swift?
If you’re winding a center-pull skein into a ball, you don’t need to use a yarn swift. If your yarn comes in a hank, though, you need to use the ball winder with a swift. Otherwise, the hank of yarn will become very tangled if you try to wind it directly.
Do I really need a yarn winder?
It is necessary to roll a hank into a ball to prevent tangling because the long strands of yarn would otherwise rub together and create a big mess. If you like to use store bought skeins that come pre-wound, a ball winder does not matter as much. However, it can create an easier and more efficient ball of yarn.
Can you use a yarn winder without a swift?
Because it fulfills a different function, you can use a ball winder without a yarn swift. The ball winder creates the yarn cake; how the skein is being held is a different matter. The swift makes winding easier by holding the yarn under tension and spinning to unravel yarn from the skein, but it is not essential.
Why would you use a yarn winder?
Yarn ball winders are also a preemptive way of inspecting your yarn for knots or weak points so you can fix them before you start working (see the video below for a perfect example). Winding your yarn before use also prevents it from getting as tangled as it might if you were to pull directly from the skein.
Why do people use a yarn winder?
When you use a yarn cake made from a yarn winder, the yarn pulls much more easily. You don’t have to pause to tug more yarn from your ball or deal with yarn barf from a tight center-pull. This means you’ll have less fatigue on your tension hand, which is usually your non-dominant hand.
What is a Niddy Noddy used for?
The niddy-noddy is an essential piece of spinning equipment used for winding yarn into skeins. To measure how long of a skein your niddy noddy will make measure the length from end of the arm diagonally to the next then multiply it by two.