Death of a Ball Winder and the Birth of Socks

I have some rather unfortunate news my dear friends. My recent ball winder purchase from knit picks shall have to be returned. Seems that my ball winder, with only one day of actual use, has died. I’m not entirely sure what happened….maybe mine was just defective? If anyone else has had similar problems, please let me know. While using it, it was making the occasional popping noise…not often, but every once in a while. I was pretty sure it wasn’t supposed to be making said noise, however there was nothing that I was doing wrong. ( I have used a ball winder before, and I even watched the knit picks video before using). Eventually the handle stopped turning. I couldn’t turn it forward or backwards…and I was afraid to try to force it because it is made of plastic after all. So off it goes in its cardboard coffin to be returned.

In other news I have started socks:

It also occurs to me that I should find some more interesting places to take photographs of knitting…the brown couch is kinda boring. I like the way these socks are now…however I was almost ready to give up on them. I cast on for this sock a total of eight times. Frogged each time…. The first five times, I tried to knit them two at a time on circular needles. My needles suck and the stitches didn’t want to move on the cord at all and there was so much stress on the sides that my knitting was way too lose. These don’t have a particular pattern because I’m following like 3 or 4 different patterns. The first I didn’t like the toe….another frogging session. I like the toe on the second pattern, but not the design. The design is from another pattern, but I’m not sure I like the heel…see a problem starting here. Luckily I’m writing down everything that I do so I will be able to make the second sock look the same.

I haven’t made any progress on the “Blizzard”. I feel guilty about this…..let’s not mention it again. I need to cast on for my second bunny blanket so that my daughter will have on like her brother’s. I have the overwhelming desire to use up a ton of scrap yarn and start a log cabin blanket…with a black background. I must have lost my mind. I still have Easter knitting to do. I still have to finish these socks and another pair and two hats. I also want to start on a lace shawl and socks for my husband. I must stay strong. I will work on the sweater and these socks and I WILL cast on for the other bunny. Besides what am I thinking with the log cabin blanket….I hate working with black! Too bad I like black….

I’m debating on ordering some better circular needles for doing socks two at a time…if anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them.


11 thoughts on “Death of a Ball Winder and the Birth of Socks

  1. Ria says:

    I like the diamond pattern you’re using for the socks. It looks really nice.

  2. theknitcycle says:

    I’ve been giving my KnitPicks ball winder some pretty hard use for close to two years and have never had a problem, so probably you just got a defective one. The diamond socks look very elegant!

  3. I didn’t have a good experience from my ballwinder from KnitPicks either! I am still winding balls by hand … but will probably invest in a pricey ballwinder soon.

    • stitchcrazy says:

      The price was the very reason that I bough this one…I couldn’t afford a costly one cause then I wouldn’t have money for yarn! What happened to yours? I hope that a replacement will do the trick, however if the second one tears up I will ask for a refund….

  4. anastasiawraight says:

    I can’t believe your ball winder died! I hope they’re able to sort it out for you.

  5. mardeeknits says:

    I have several friends who have the KnitPicks ball winder and have been using them for years without problems. KnitPicks usually has great customer service and will replace anything that’s defective. I’d give them a call and get a replacement – I’m sure they’ll take care of it.

    • stitchcrazy says:

      Yeah I’m going to send it back and see if they’ll send me a replacement. Just out of curiousity do you know which one they bought? Mine was the cheaper $20 one.

      • mardeeknits says:

        I don’t but the price you mention seems about right. Hope it works out for you. I love KnitPicks; they’ve always had great service so hopefully you’ll find the same.

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