Memories of mum


I was doing some wool winding yesterday and as I was doing the winding it brought back memories of standing, as a child, with my arms out so my mum could wind her balls of wool.  I have no memory of what she knitted but the arms out is indeed a strong memory.

I have no child at home to hold out their arms so I improvised with two dining chairs.Nowadays they have gadgets for winding wool but I don’t have any of those.

You could have a “yarn swift” – that is what you use instead of two good arms or chair backs.

It looks like a folded umbrella.  The size adjusts to fit various sizes of yarn skeins.

Yarn swifts come in various forms.  This next one is based on the Amish swift.

The pegs are moved to adjust the size of the yarn skeins.

Yarn winders can be expensive if you want to splash out and purchase an electric one.I would rather be in control of my yarn winding and if I purchased one it would be a manual winder.

I don’t have many hanks in my stash, in fact the only hanks I have have been given to me by my daughters.  The one I was winding yesterday was one that was left over from a jumper my daughter had knitted.

I have started a pair of socks with the left over wool.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I remember holding out my arms for Mum’s wool too. I always enjoy the bits in Miss Marple when she asks various people to hold her wool for her. The wooded aids always look s attractive. On the rare occasions I have a skein to wind I use a dining room chair. Your yarn is very pretty and will make super socks.

    1. suth2 says:

      The socks will be super soft so will be a delight to wear.

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