Yarn Counter Saga

My neighbor, Wayne, is good with his hands, something that all men should strive for. Yesterday afternoon, I went to have him replenish the air supply in my bicycle tires, and he showed me what he was doing with the yarn counter.

He had a plank of wood, about 5″ across and maybe 18″ long, on which he had areas clearly demarcated for the yarn winder, the counter, the yarn spool. His plan is to put a bit of a two by four under the counter to elevate it so that, when affixed to the base, its wheel will spins unhindered.

Since the wheel came with a smooth surface, using a lathe or something, Wayne cut a channel into it so that yarn slippage off of the wheel will not be a problem. The groove will remain unpolished so that the yarn will find better traction when the wheel turns.

Furthermore, to ensure resistance-free movement of the cone from which the yarn is being wound, he plans to add some sort of bearing to the spindle. That’s a fantastic idea because sometimes the cones do not turn easily and the yarn pulls taut, with a risk of breakage. This bearing idea reduces and may even eliminate that risk.

To further facilitate the easy movement of the yarn being wound, Wayne is providing another eye for the yarn to pass through on the way to the winder. Thus, there will be two yarn eyes: one proximate to the cone and the other on the winder itself.

Then, he will sand the base and paint it white. I’m not a fan of paint on wood, but hey, he’s building it for me free of charge, and he either didn’t hear or glossed over my comment that I had varnish and polyurethane at home.

Impressed with Wayne’s design for the yarn winder with meter, I asked him if he wished to make a few for sale. Regrettably, he declined. I think Wayne’s device will be better and easier to use than any thing presently out there so much so that I’m tempted to produce a few for sale myself. The biggest impediment is the groove that must be cut in the wheel. But, who’s got the time.