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Jun 14, 2012 06:52:40   #
dolores angleton
Hi, All you machine pros. Do any of you have a picture/directions/ideas,You could share, for a stand or whatever that allows one to put 2 cones of yarn on top each other and run the bottom thread up thru an opening in the shelf that holds the second cone. So that different yarns can feed together for the machine and blend evenly,yet both cones can unwind easily. Have a son willing to make one if knew what it looked like or directions.Thanks for any help. Dee
Jun 14, 2012 07:47:12   #
Here is one that I made. I drilled a 1 inch hole in the top and wooden slide of the CD holder. If I needed any I use the metal O hooks to place the yarn.
Wood CD Holder
Wood CD Holder...
Iron Cord Holder
Iron Cord Holder...
All together
All together...
Jun 14, 2012 07:51:30   #
Oops. These are my friend Beverly's pictures. She really is the one who thought of it first. I just changed it to fit my needs.
Jun 14, 2012 13:18:09   #
dolores angleton
Oh thank you so much for the pictures. I am printing them for him to see what we can devise. Really needed to SEE how they worked.Thank you and happy knitting. Dee
Jun 14, 2012 16:47:38   #
Lots of people use a plastic milk crate. One cone under the crate and one on the top of the crate. Feed the bottom yarn up through one of the holes in the crate.
Jun 15, 2012 05:28:54   #
Some people use a saucepan stand and put one cone on each section feeding the yarn through the slats.
Jun 15, 2012 06:02:33   #
I have a Twisting yarn Stack, bougt at:
But I think a home made stack will do fine.

Jun 15, 2012 06:09:45   #
Hello Dee
Fixing cones of yarn over one another can be done in various ways but in my opinion none work as good as the yarn twister one of which I have had for many years.It is available from When you visit the site type yarn twister in the search box and up it comes. If you want to twist loads of yarn there is an electrical version available from hague direct in nottingham UK but they ship world wide.
I have a friend who is a professional knitter and she has used one for many years
Speaking from experience you will have trouble unwinding the cones placed one above the other
Hope that helps
Alan (lottyman)Cooper
Jun 15, 2012 06:17:10   #
Hi Dolores

I just use a vegetable rack which has three wire baskets one on top of the other, each one is just far enough apart from the one above to take a cone of yarn. Tread the yarn from the lower cones through the centr of the uper one and then thread all three up through the tension mast

Good Luck

Jun 15, 2012 07:20:32   #
Adrienne Scott
I love madsweb's wooden stand, but a simple way that I have used a lot is to place the first cone on the floor and cover it with a cardboard box (box should be upside down, large enough to cover the cone and have a hole cut into the (new) top).
Thread the yarn from the cone on the floor up through the box hole; place another cone on top of the box hole, thread the first cone yarn end up through the middle of the new cone and then join it to the new cone end.
You now have 2 ends of yarn that will twist beautifully together as they are knitted and you can add another box and repeat as before to have 3 ends twisting together.
Hope this is clear, sorry not to have a photo, have recently moved and previous boxes were jettisoned! but then that's the beauty of using cardboard boxes :)
Jun 15, 2012 07:26:13   #
Adrienne Scott
I had an extra thought, cutting holes in cardboard boxes can leave a rough edge which can snag the yarn, so I usually put sellotape or similar around the edges to make sure they are smooth.
Have a great day
Jun 15, 2012 08:03:08   #
dolores angleton wrote:
Hi, All you machine pros. Do any of you have a picture/directions/ideas,You could share, for a stand or whatever that allows one to put 2 cones of yarn on top each other and run the bottom thread up thru an opening in the shelf that holds the second cone. So that different yarns can feed together for the machine and blend evenly,yet both cones can unwind easily. Have a son willing to make one if knew what it looked like or directions.Thanks for any help. Dee

I take a wire stand that is used as a towel stand
It has 3 wire shelves on it .I take the the yarn from the lower shelves up through the cone and then through the tension mask of the machine. sorry don't have a picture
the stand is about $12.00 us dollars
Jun 15, 2012 08:06:04   #
I use a cardboard box that is taller than the cone, put the cone in the box, put a cake cooling rack on top, thread the yarn thru the cooling rack and thru the 2nd cone and put it on top of the rack and it works well! Cheap and easy!

Jun 15, 2012 09:58:41   #
dolores angleton
You are all wonderful. I have printed out all your responses to reread and investigate the sites when my son comes this weekend and we can then pursue. Thank you each and everyone DEE
Jun 15, 2012 13:03:32   #
Make a two or three tier shelf and drill a hole in the middle
of each. Pull the yarn from the lowest cone through the one above and again.
Made one and use it all the time.
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