To Penny

Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my new workspace. I too am very excited about it, especially the big table. I love reading what everyone has to say, and by all means- please make your own. I want people to copy it, that's why I put up the details (almost forgot... I should add that the hardware is from Target)!

Among the comments yesterday was one from Penny who wrote, "Tell me about your ball winder???" So, this post is for Penny (whoever you are...I hope you come back to read this!)- I would love to tell you about my Strauch Ball Winder.

This is actually pretty long overdue. I purchased the ball winder for myself as a Christmas present (oops... how did that happen?!). After reading many thread posts on Ravelry and researching different options on the web, I decided on the Strauch.
I knew I wanted something a little more substantial, and wood winders always looked nice and sturdy (not to mention the fact that they match most umbrella swifts). Although I was very impressed by Nancy's Knit Knacks, I preferred something with a smaller price tag.

When I purchased my Strauch, I actually found it on ebay, from Yarn Bazaar. Since it has arrived, I have been nothing but impressed. Every winder comes with a mini skein on it, so you know it has passed inspection and is up to Strauch standards:

So far I have wound many skeins, from bulky to lace weight, 50g to 250g, and I have never had issues. In fact, when I first got my winder, I would race home from work just to wind 'one more ball' (sad, but true).

Unfortunately, this does mean my chair is out of a job...

But that's ok...

because I have cakes to go around!