I want to write about two home made gadgets created from what is essentially rubbish that have made my crocheting life much easier in the last few days.
The first is this cheap and cheerful oojit for keeping my thread from rolling around on the floor getting fluffy. It also helps me keep the tension of my thread steadier which we all know is a struggle.
I’m using this lovely wool thread from The Handweavers Studio* to make a lace shawl at the moment and I have 75g more of the same thread in a gorgeous femme fatale red which I intend to turn into another shawl afterwards. Having it pull smoothly off the reel is vital to my not losing count and effing up my lace.
The second gadget barely even deserves the name since all it is is a toilet roll tube with a couple of short slits cut in the top.
I learned how to do this on Ravelry and it has made yarn buying a much more pleasurable activity as I know that winding my beautiful purchases into neat centre pull balls is now possible and will not be utterly tedious.
First take your lovely new skein of yarn, untie the strings and put it around something that will keep it from getting tangled. The back of a chair or a family member’s hands are I believe traditional. I usually use my feet.
Now thread one end through the slit in the tube like so…
And wind it a few times round the middle of the roll like so…
After a few turns start winding on the diagonal always in the same direction, turning the roll so that each turn is further round than the next one.
Wind loosely so you don’t distress the yarn. It’s not the most fun thing use of your time but keep going. Perhaps put a film on or something.
Eventually you will have a nice ball wrapped around your tube.
Pull the tube out and you will have a nice centre pull ball ready to crochet from.
If you have any great suggestions for frugal ways to make crocheting easier please tell us all in the comments!
*It’s one of their wool worsteds.