Necessity is the mother of invention!

Well Becky pointed out that I had something strange on the side of my sock knitting loom that the doll is on.
She’s right. Anyone who has gotten a Deccor Accents loom knows that they come sans tack..or peg to wrap your yarn end on as you knit off your rows. So I invented a bit of a yarn tensioner.
It took a small wood screw and a pony bead to make it. The wood screw was just long enough to go through the pony bead and give it enough room to go into the loom securely. So I poked the screw through the pony bead, and then into the loom till there was a little room between the pony bead and the loom. Then I can wrap the yarn around the screw between the pony bead and the loom and it will tighten up and hold it nice and snug!

I was watching the Hallmark hall of fame movie last night and the main charecter found a beautiful wood yarn winder in the old family dugout!! And what did her husband do with it??? He BURNED it!! MEN!! What was he thinking? Unbelievable! At least he didn’t get to the spinning wheel that was in the basement! I would have been jumping off the couch at him!

Speaking of yarn winders.. Now for another one of my little inventions!! Who wants to spend big bucks on a yarn swift? ME.. but I don’t have it! Not if I want some skeins of yarn to put on it that is! So I was trying my darndest to use my WONDERFUL yarn ball winder that I got from my birth Mother for Christmas and failing miserably! The yarn was getting tangled, the baby was getting into it, and I was STRESSED! I had to do something! I had to get the job done! But what could I do! Well my brain went into over time, I scanned Ebay but the swifts are few and far between, expensive and the bidding is furious! So that was a wash!
Then my eyes fell upon the objects in the house. What could I use? The back of a chair? NO. The legs of the chair? NO. What could I use.. Then I saw it! The holy grail! The object that would save me from my stress! A computer chair! Look at those spinning legs thought I. They look like they could work.
But what about the wheels? The yarn wouldn’t go round them, it got tangled in the. So I lost the wheels. Now what? I would have to find something to do for pegs! I didn’t have any dowels that we thick enough to fit in the holes left by the wheel pegs. UGH!
Then again my eyes fell upon the object of my desire! I spotted a crayola marker lying on the floor! Eureka! I grabbed it and it was a perfect fit!
So I got to work!

The emergency swift!

And hey it’s adjustable too! The markers fit nicely into the triangular spaces in the legs so I can adjust it to work with skeins of different sizes! So I got all my handspun Christmas wool wound into balls and my Cascade 220 from LittleKnits wound up! And that bulky yarn I used for the sweater! It was awsome. The turning chair legs provided the perfect amount of tension for the ball winder!

The results!


9 responses to “Necessity is the mother of invention!”

  1. Isela Avatar

    How about a pic of the tensioner?

  2. Colleen Avatar

    Thanks for the picture of your “swift” improvisation. Very creative! I has me thinking about a microwave turntable that I don’t need anymore. Hmmm


  3. Tracey Carsto Avatar
    Tracey Carsto

    Great idea. Just think of all the money you saved so you can buy more yarn to wind. 🙂

  4. (I knew I should cut my fingernails! I can’t type for squat!)

    Anyhoo – what I meant to say was,


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  6. That is a fantastic idea Denise who said nessity is the mother of invention. I have used your book and your ideas before they are great.

  7. we have desk chairs at home that are made out of pinewood, pine seems to be a good wood for desk chairs`*,

  8. i like to use wooden desk chairs in comparison with those plastic ones,-“

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