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Nov 16, 2013 12:00:25   #
deechilders
 
I see ads for 'jumbo replacement cones', for the Boys yarn winders- can you use the jumbo cone on the regular sized hand winder?
 
Nov 16, 2013 12:14:53   #
illusionsbydonna
 
deechilders wrote:
I see ads for 'jumbo replacement cones', for the Boys yarn winders- can you use the jumbo cone on the regular sized hand winder?


Mine is a Stanwood but the way they are made you would be limited to the size of of the cone because of where the metal spinner part swings around. Not sure you could put a jumbo cone on a smaller winder.
Nov 16, 2013 13:11:38   #
deechilders
 
OK, thanks. :-)
Nov 16, 2013 15:34:26   #
Peggy Beryl
 
A cone would not fit on my winder, and I think mine is a pretty common type. Is it the Boye winder that is supposed to accommodate the cones?
Nov 16, 2013 16:02:15   #
K8
 
I used to use the inside cardboard tube from a kitchen roll or toilet roll when I needed to make a large ball of yarn? I have a UK knitmaster
wool winder, I'm not sure if it's the same as an American one! The tube fitted quite tightly on to the 'tube' of the winder so it didn't spin off.
You could give it a try!
Nov 16, 2013 16:50:32   #
DonnieK
 
Mine is from Knit Picks and it has a handle on the bottom of it. It can be attached to a table but I prefer to hold it in my hand without the handle on the bottom. It is awkward at first but once you get the hang of it, it works so much better. The balls are a bit tighter if I use my finger to let it slide over. Not enough to stretch the yarn though. I use empty toilet paper rolls. I cut them and wrap them tightly on the holder of the ball winder and tape it then just start rolling. At the end, the ball can be pulled from the center. It does not fall in on itself and stacks neatly. I love my knit picks ball winder.
 
Nov 16, 2013 17:44:30   #
deemail (a regular here)
 
K8 wrote:
I used to use the inside cardboard tube from a kitchen roll or toilet roll when I needed to make a large ball of yarn? I have a UK knitmaster
wool winder, I'm not sure if it's the same as an American one! The tube fitted quite tightly on to the 'tube' of the winder so it didn't spin off.
You could give it a try!
I do this all the time, but my brand DOES need to be wedged on with some folded paper... but it works fine so that's good with me. The extra height of the tissue core gives you a yarn 'cake' about 5 inches across and 4 inches tall. I have not used the paper towel cores, yet but have read that you can wind a cake, push it up the core, and continue winding without cutting yarn...so that sounds good to me. I use the cores all the time and have bent my 'guide wire' outward about 1/2" which allows the 'cake' to move freely as it gets really big.
Nov 17, 2013 20:40:28   #
JuneS
 
I just won a $100 gift certificate from Create for Less and used it to get the Royal yarn winder. It came yesterday and it is Wonderful! I chose the blue and white one based on the fact that the local yarn stores that I contacted use the same model in their stores. I think the KnitPicks one would be good too, I just got the one from Create for Less because of the certificate. A paper tube will have to be padded with paper on the inside to make it fit tight.
 
          
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