You use a ball winder, along with an umbrella swift, to turn hanks of yarn
into manageable balls. Don't ask me how I know, but you really don't want to try to pull lengths of yarn directly off a hank without winding it into balls first.
(My apologies for the cluttered background of this photo. See last week's post about my studio.) With this one, by Stanwood Needlecraft, the yarn no longer gets trapped in the gears. I love it!
The balls are also called "cakes," which is a more accurate description, as they sit flat and don't roll all over the place.
These are some of the other tools I can't live without. Of course, my floor loom
and my tapestry loom
You can see my Ott Lite shining bright "sunlight" on my work--another indispensable tool.
My sewing machine is indispensable too
as are a rotary cutter, mat and acrylic ruler
My iron and ironing board that folds away on the back of my studio door--what a space saver!
And of course my computer that allows me to communicate with you! And to handle all those tasks on the business side of art--inventory, bookkeeping, marketing, purchasing. . . .
And finally, my corkscrew--to open the wine that eases out the soreness in my shoulders at the end of the day!