Stash Enhancement Saturday: Loops & Threads Yarn Winder

I have always been a wind my yarn by hand kind of girl.  I have a table top swift which helps me keep the hanks from tangling, but the actual winding into a ball is usually done in front of my TV in a meditative state while the dogs try to catch the yarn as the swift twirls around.  This is fine if I am just working on one or two skeins, but sometimes I want to wind a bunch of projects worth of yarn at once, and then it becomes a pain in the neck.

A couple of months ago I purchased my first yarn winder, the Loops & Threads Yarn Winder.  I used one of the infamous Michaels coupons so that my outlay of funds wasn’t that much, just in case I didn’t like it.  I really like the idea of having a winder at home, so I had high hopes.

I  was happy that the winder came already put together, and that it attaches easily to my table.  There are limited instructions, though, so you have to kind of figure out things on your own.  It is lightweight and portable, so I can easily move it from room to room if I wanted to.

Unfortunately, this winder sucks when it comes to actually winding yarn.  I’ve waited to do the review in the hopes it was user error and that it would improve the more I have used it.  But after winding multiple skeins, I have decided it just isn’t going to work the way I need it to.

At first, all is well.  Look at my pretty little center pull cake developing!


At this stage in the process, I am always excited.  It looks like it’s going to work!  But then, as the cake grows, trouble appears.  In each and every cake I have made, I always reach a point where my cute little cake becomes a mess at the top.


I have tried many methods to try to stop this from happening – cranking faster, cranking slower, holding the yarn more taught, holding the yarn loose, position of the swift in relation to the winder, etc.  Nothing makes a difference.  I get to about the half way mark and poof – it no longer winds the yarn into something that I could confidently work from.   That mess at the top just grows more and more tangly.   (Yes, I just made up that word.)  So the end result is that I wind half the skein, then take the yarn off and hand wind the other half.  That kind of defeats the purpose of owning a yarn winder, in my opinion.

I hesitated writing this review.  I don’t want to criticize a product, I’d love for everything I buy to be wonderful and I want to live in a land of rainbows and bunnies.  But I also want to be honest.  So, if you are considering a yarn winder, skip right on over this one and try a different brand or model.


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