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DIY electric yarn winder

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on May 8, 2009

Wahooo!  I just bought 2 sewing machine motors on Ebay to make a yarn winder for $30 each.  They both come with the pedals.  I’m “hoping” (ie praying like mad) that each one can be used to make a winder.  It all depends on if I can get 2 belts to run off of each motor.  it should be powerful enough for that.  Sewing machines have strong motors.  If it works out that we can fit 2 belts with each one, then it would use one pedal to control the speed.  It’s easy enough to wind the yarn from a blank into two cones, but it’s hard to do fast and it’s hard to do by yourself.  My PH/DH (patient and dear) usually has to hold the blank for me because it sticks a bit at the end of a row.  It would be nice to have an electric winder.  :) 

Here’s some soap I made for Mother’s Day. 

MIL soap


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Please Mr. Postman and Let me introduce Fiona

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on October 30, 2008

Please deliver my new knitting machine motor soon.  :) I can’t wait to play with it.  It’s got a foot pedal, that part boggles my mind.  At first I was a bit worried about bidding on it on Ebay, it’s expensive, but now can’t wait until it comes.  Isn’t that funny, that once you’ve made that “Ebay decision” how you don’t worry about the price again.  It’ll help me made the sock blanks I’ve been selling and save my wrists, so it’ll become part of my business expenses.  I’ve also got grand plans for making my own felted material to make hats with.   I’d also like to make a lacy shawl with some of the yarn I’ve been dying.  I need some larger projects to show yarn stores what the yarn knits up as.  There was a Iris Bishop seminar last month, and she had a technique of dropping stitches in a lace pattern that made a spectacular pattern.   Soooooo, please come soon.  :)

Thought you’d all like to see some photos of my cat, Princess Fiona.  Below she’s helping me take photos of the stitchmarkers I made for Esty.  She likes to help me like this all of the time.  She’s very, very helpful. 


Here she is in a cubby hole near my desk.  She likes to be near and if there’s no place for her to snuggle in, then she makes a place for herself on top of my papers so I can’t work.   I had to make her this place in my bookcase so she could watch me and help whenever necessary.  

It makes her happy.  What else can you ask for in life but to be loved by a sweet cat.  Life is good.

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