We unravel the mystery behind quirky knit gadgets
WHAT IS IT?
A handy tool that helps you to wind centre-pull balls of yarn for handknitting and crocheting. This gorgeous example by Cotswold Craft Cottage has been handmade in wood and finished with beeswax. Nostepinne is a Scandinavian word that means ‘nest-stick’ and is the original ball winder.
HOW DO I USE IT?
You wrap the yarn around the wooden shaft, in a particular diagonal repeat pattern until you have used up all your yarn. Push the yarn o the end of the nostepinne and you’re done!
WHY DO I NEED IT?
It’s a wonderfully traditional and really handy, easy-to-use tool that you can take anywhere with you. Made with real wood and finished with beeswax, it’ll also look great decorating your knitting stash!
WHY WE LOVE IT!
There’s nothing like owning a little bit of handmade knitting history and this great tool will help you to create the most beautiful centre-pull balls of yarn – all your knitting friends will be envious. This great version costs £14 and is from Cotswold Craft Cottage on www.etsy.com
Making centre-pull yarn balls is easier than you think.