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The Yarniacs: A Knitting Podcast

Aug 17, 2018

In this episode, Gayle and I talk about a task that some knitters seem to have a fear of taking on... winding their yarn! Why the fear? I am not sure, but working in a yarn store, I meet many knitters who tell me they aren't smart or patient enough to wind their own yarn. Hmm. I don't think winding yarn takes superhero brain powers or a large dose of patience. I think it does take a bit of practice, and a familiarity with the tools you have at your disposal. Whether you are winding by hand from the back of a chair or winding yarn on a well crafted wooden ball winder, winding your yarn affords the opportunity for the knitter to learn something about their yarn. This is a good thing! You have the chance to learn if you like the way the yarn feels as it slips through your fingers; you will learn if perhaps this blend dries out your skin; you'll find out if this particular skein has a knot five yards from the end. All good things.

Of course there will always be times when you don't want or can't wind your own yarn; or perhaps you have an injury or physical limitations. But it behooves us all as masters of our craft to at least know how to perform this function, and to know how best to utilize the tools we have at our disposal. Wind on, my knitters!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Donner
Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Gayle's Fade

What are we stalking?
Hinagiku by Eri
Tinos by Hilary Smith Callis
Slow Curves by Joji Locatelli
Pom Pom Quarterly Autumn 2018
Baby Sweater on Two Needles by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Kiss Me Romper by Kate Oates
Rocky by tincanknits
Gramps Cardigan by Tot Toppers
Gramps Cardigan (adult) by Kate Oates
Weekender by Andrea Mowry

What are we knitting?
Jessica Jones by Sminé
Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider
Bits and Bobs by Kay Jones
Latitude by Elizabeth Doherty

What have we finished?
Wonder Woman Wrap by Carissa Browning
Sharlene's Wonder Woman Wrap

Thank-you Infinite Twist for sponsoring this episode!