In my ongoing effort to reduce certain kinds of activity to accommodate my diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis, I am looking for a ball-winder, to turn skeins of yarn into tidy balls, ready for knitting. I seem to be able to knit as long as I don't do it for too long a stretch, and I currently have three (or maybe four, if I can find that Gryffindor hat) projects going on different size needles.
A stubborn person who also enjoys touching yarn, I have for many years tormented members of my family, forcing them to help me wind balls of yarn by hand. I have used chairs, too, but they cannot talk back and apparently I like that part of the process, too.
Pure Luck would have willingly given me a ball winder for Christmas last year or the year before, but I really couldn't tell him exactly what I wanted or where to find this vague item. I foresaw this as another kind of family activity, since I am technically less-than-ept. This may just be a new way to torture family members, not sure, but I really need one. At this point, anything that will facilitate my knitting obsession practice is welcome. Knitting is calming at a time when I've basically been prescribed stress reduction. But winding balls of yarn by hand? Not so calming.
On the Internet I see everything from $25 plastic versions to $200 umbrella swifts. Knitters, can you help me? Any thoughts, suggestions, recommendations? All input appreciated!
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