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The Nosty Project

A few days back I stumbled upon a page (literally, from stumbleupon.com) which was a tutorial on how to use a nosty, or nostepinde. This handwinding tool is used to wind wool from skeins into fancy balls, without the used of bulky yarnwinding machines. The concept was very nice. But where one earth would I find a nosty here in Bangalore? I left the idea at the back of my mind, just in case I came across a nosty in a shop here, and wanted to buy.

A couple of days back i came across another article where an enterprising young lady (not sure who though) used her lotion bottle as a nosty. Very nice idea, I thought! and promptly pulled out my own lotion bottle and got winding. The result of that exercise would probably give competition to a bird’s nest. πŸ™

The Bird's Nest Yarn
The Bird’s Nest Yarn

Last night, however, I was struck by the idea of using my deo bottle. The idea was that I probably got the type of container wrong. While it may have worked for the other lady, the fear that I may squeeze the bottle too hard while winding, and thereby spray lotion all over myself and the yarn prompted me to hold the yarn a little too loose. With the metal container I was now planning, I would get a better control on the yarn, and be able to wind it firmly.

The idea turned out to be inspired! I now have lovely looking yarn balls, with a lot less effort!!!

The process is this:

  • Take a deo bottle, preferably one with a lid to hold the yarn.
What you need!
What you need!
  • Wind the end of the yarn to the top, and place lid over it to hold the yarn. This allows you to have a center-pull ball of yarn.
Wind a bit to the nozzle
Wind a bit to the nozzle
  • Wind the yarn neatly around the bottle up to the width required. I normally keep it to 2 inches.
Wind neatly for a couple of Inches
Wind neatly for a couple of Inches
  • Now start winding the yarn at an angle, from the right top of the base threads to the bottom left of the base threads.Β  After a few times, change direction to right bottom to left top.
start winding at an angle
start winding at an angle
  • Be sure to wind firmly, but not tightly. Tight will only ensure your yarns stretches, and that’s never good!
  • Once done, remove the lid, and unwind the inside end from the top. Gently slide off the bottle.
Lovely balls of yarn!
Lovely balls of yarn!

And viola, you have a lovely ball of yarn! This method takes a bit of practise, but not that much.. you’d get the hang of it after the first ball itself!

 

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  2. That’s a great looking ball! Lovely idea..
    How I wish you had written this a couple of days back! I recently bought a yarn winder for 400Rs.

    1. oh! But i’m sure u’ll be able to save time on the winding part. Right now i’m offering to teach my neighbour in hopes that she’ll do the job for me! πŸ˜‰

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