Tuesday, May 23, 2006


I just soooo wish I had a ball winder (hee, hee--yes, I'm 12). I'm thinking about all the lovely yarn that is making its way to me, all tied up in skeins, and how on earth I am going to transform it into something useable.

I've been looking at ball winders and think I would like a Royal Wool Winder. Such a cute name, and seems ideal for home use.

Anyone have any other recommendations?

I am also thinking of buying one of these:

My husband and I have been sharing a car for three years, and since I work from home, he always takes the car. Buying a scooter is way cheaper than buying a second car, and one gallon of gas in this baby can get you 90 miles! This is a Verucci 150 Retro Sport model. Anyone know anything about these, or other good scooters?

I'm very needy today!


Bee said...

joann sells two different ball winders, the most expensive is about $40. i did a search for joann coupons and found this...
there is a code for 50% off any one item (they usually have this coupon up monthly i've realized) but yay, you save 1/2 off!

I'm looking too but still holding off til next paycheck.

Hope this helps.

lobstah said...

I have that ball winder and it's great. The only problem is I don't have a swift yet, but it's still so much faster to wind balls of yarn with it than by hand!

I don't know much about scooters, but I love them. So cute :)

Melissa said...

I got the Royal. Best investment ever. But do you have a swift? Definitely a package deal...and much cheaper than the scooter.

katie said...

I've never used a ball winder, but oh, how I would love a scooter. I've had my eye on the Stella for a long time...unfortunately, that's all I'll have on them because they run about $3,000. But they get approx. 90 miles per gallon...and did I mention how pretty they are?


And thanks for the birthday wishes! Good luck with your purchases.

Joanne M said...

I was just going to comment that if you go to Joann's online, you can get a 40% or 50% off coupon and then get the ball winder and swift at a discount. I haven't bought these yet, but I covet them. Greatly.

I kinda covet a scooter too, but I think I'd be too scared on one. Especially in Tulsa where you take your life in your hands if you're a pedestrian or a cyclist! I suppose a scooter might be a bit safer than a bicycle.

Fannie Pie said...

You definitely need both swift and ball winder unless you can talk Paul into standing for long periods of time holding out his arms with yarn wound around them... I actually was pretty successful at getting Victor to do the winding while I held the skeins.. it is a gadget so he had to do the cranking!

I had a honda spree one of the first years they came out (a million years ago) got it as a graduation present. Took it to college and drove it everywhere ( and into the ground). loved it to death, perfect for me then.

I think you need one! Don't know much about the brands now, the pic sure is cute!!

trek said...

I got a Royal and I love it.

I wish I had a scooter like that!

Angela said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. The Royal is the way to go. I've had mine for 8+ years. I also recommend a Swedish-made wooden (birch) swift. Can't remember the company name, but they are very common. I can't imagine winding by hand--argh!

KnittenKnots said...

I second the "I want a ball winder..." whine. I have to borrow a friend's everytime I want to wind up some skeins - doing it by hand is just too tedious. I really should get my own tho...cuts into my yarn fund is the only problem... ;-) Good luck with the scooter - it looks like fun!

paul z. said...

Emma do you want to go to the movies with me this weekend to see X-Men? Check a box:

__ Yes
__ No
__ Maybe

Diana said...

If you buy a ball winder, then you'll need a yarn swift. I just feel so cool when my swift and ball winder are working hand in hand!

Love the scooter!

shanwen said...

A ball winder is definitely wonderful, especially after all the dyeing, you need an efficient tool to make life easier. As for the scooter, try a toyota echo small car,it is much safer than jetting around in a scooter .:)

Yarngirl said...

I'm on my second Aprilia scooter - this one is very big - 500cc - my first was a scarebeo 150cc - I loved it, but not very stable on the highway. I love the one I have now - the Atlantic and I highly recommend scooter travel.

tangelled angel said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, its great hearing from new faces!
I would definately recommend buying a royal ball winder, I have one and it is so addictive, everything in sight will be wound up when you get one! I haven't got a swift yet but its on the list, so until then its using backs of chairs into a ball and then wound on the ball winder. So pretty!