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Mar 26, 2013 10:55:03   #
courier770
 
I don't think Jo was being snippy. There seems to be some confusion over terminology here. Lazy Kates are used by spinners, as are skein winders (which actually wind hanks), ball winders are generally used by knitters and crocheters to turn hanks into center pull balls. I too, have never heard the term "wool winder".

Often what appears to be an antique isn't. If you go to some of the sites that sell spinning tools you'll see some items that appear to be very old "tools" but are in fact, still being manufactured today.
 
Mar 26, 2013 11:23:24   #
courier770
 
I also wouldn't be so quick to trust the wording or terminology of an e-bay ad. I've seen spinning wheels advertised on e-bay as "antique" when the exact same wheels are still being built and sold today.

Many times someone finds something in an attic and in an attempt to "make some money" doesn't fully investigate the item, as to what it actually is and it's worth.
Mar 26, 2013 13:13:29   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
 
goodweh wrote:
Wow what an exciting find this weekend, I collect antique wool winders, and just this weekend I found a double one! Stands about 3 ft tall , wood , with two spools. It is just great for when you are using 2 colors.. no more tangles. I think I will be using this one for sure.. Still my favorite one is one my great grandmother used for winding large skeins (made out of an old log)
It is so much fun to collect antique knitting items!!!!


It IS fun collecting old things! I collect old knitting needles. I have some old ones that're made of tortoise shell. And I have some odd little white ones that have a fist at the end. The fist has bright red "nail polish" and is holding a tiny hammer, which moves. I've been told that these needles came from a Mexican revolution. I also have an old circular needle, which is made all out of metal.

I look for these when I'm in antique/junk shops and have had a lot of fun collecting them.

Hazel
Mar 26, 2013 14:54:43   #
mochamarie
 
Girls, girls, girls! I found the whole discussion most interesting and didn't think anyone was being rude. The sun is shining today here in MN and it makes me so happy! I'm tired of all those grey days and will welcome spring. BTW, my yarn just comes in a pull skein which the cat has figured out how to do. She loves to unwind yarn. :-D :thumbup:
Mar 26, 2013 15:12:40   #
courier770
 
There's a bevy of tools that have been used for yarn and it's easy to not understand or to misunderstand their use/purpose.

Lazy Kates, Skein Winders, Knitty Noddy's, Swifts, ball winders and on and on the list goes. Each has a unique and specific purpose.

I'm so glad that we have knowledgeable members like lostarts, who know the purposes of these tools and is willing to take time to explore them, explain them and correct the terminology.

I've been involved in fiber arts for nearly 50 years and never heard the term "wool winder". I knit, I crochet, spin and on occasion I also dye fiber, so this was an interesting topic to come across. In the course of this topic thread a "wool winder" has been identified as any one of the following: ball winder, swift, lazy Kate, skein winder, bobbin and perhaps Knitty Noddy! It sort of makes your head spin doesn't it?
Mar 27, 2013 01:21:37   #
Patricia McCurry
 
As for me, I'm so new to the craft that I wouldn't know one from another, let alone what it might be used for. Maybe one day we could add a thread here and show pictures and explain what they are and how each is used? ( ball winder, swift, lazy Kate, skein winder, bobbin and perhaps Knitty Noddy!)
 
Mar 27, 2013 01:37:57   #
IndigoSpinner
 
Patricia McCurry wrote:
As for me, I'm so new to the craft that I wouldn't know one from another, let alone what it might be used for. Maybe one day we could add a thread here and show pictures and explain what they are and how each is used? ( ball winder, swift, lazy Kate, skein winder, bobbin and perhaps Knitty Noddy!)


That's a great idea!

Sunce I found KP, I've been neglecting my blog. I could do a poost about equipment. Actually, a few pages. One for knitting, one for spinning, one for weaving, one foe crochet, etc.
Mar 27, 2013 02:56:06   #
prpldragngal
 
I love people that collect these long ago pieces. They need to be loved and tended to so they arent lost. Beauty is to great a thing to neglect.
Mar 27, 2013 07:27:21   #
ForgetfulFi
 
ok then, apology accepted. I'm getting to the point where I'm thinking of giving up this forum due to the slant put on some responses. I am heart sick when I read someone being "got at". it brings back horrible memories of being bullied at school.Those feelings never go away and affect your whole life.I came on here to join in with happiness and nice helpful replies.IMHO
lostarts wrote:
Sorry. I didn't mean to sound snippy or rude.

I had just finished doing an internet search for "wool winder," which is a term I've never heard a fiberartist use, and came across a really big pile of misinformation, some of it put up there by a museum, and the people there should either know better, or find out more about what they're talking about. I was irked at somebody who would think that a clothespin was an original part of the design of a kate, plus more misinformation.

I didn't realize I'd let it spill over onto my post.
Sorry. I didn't mean to sound snippy or rude. br ... (show quote)
Mar 27, 2013 20:18:36   #
courier770
 
Patricia, what a great idea!

Often the key to searching for antique or vintage items is knowing the best/most accurate search terms. So this would be of great help to those who are searching for items and may not have the exact terminology! Splendid!
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