We've had the Nancy's Knit Knacks Heavy Duty Ball Winder in the shop for quite awhile now and we all love it. For me personally, I have a small plastic ball winder at home and sometimes (ok, most of the time) prefer to wind my yarn at the shop instead of at home because I love the ball winder that much. It makes such beautiful cakes of yarn and flows so smoothly.
We now have it's partner in crime, the Nancy's Knit Knacks Swift/Skein Winder with yardage counter. This fancy gadget pulls double duty because not only can it be used to make a skein into a ball but it can be used to make a ball into a skein.
I used a left over ball of Malabrigo Worsted to demonstrate how to use the skein winder/swift and ball winder in the following two videos.
This video demonstrates how to make a ball into a skein:
At the end the counter had clicked 48 times and my swift posts were set at the two yard markers which gave me a total of 96 yards.
This video demonstrates how to use the swift and ball winder to create a center pull ball.
I love this pair of fantastic tools! As a spinner I love that I'm able to accurately calculate the yardage of one of my hand spun yarns by winding it into a skein right off the bobbin, then wind it into a center pull ball and get to knitting quickly.