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netta12208
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Posted - 03/31/2009 :  8:10:38 PM  Show Profile Send netta12208 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Does any one have a nostepinne they dont want or need.

eepster
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Posted - 03/31/2009 :  10:38:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit eepster's Homepage Send eepster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A size 17 knitting needle works.

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fmarrs
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Posted - 04/01/2009 :  05:31:19 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
All those fancy turnings on a nostepinne are not necessary. Some substitutions that work well are: large size straight knitting needles, (small sizes work too), a section of broom handle, a dowel which is widely available at lumber yards and craft shops, a pencil, the handle of a wooden spoon, or my favorite--the core tube from a paper towel roll. I like the paper towel roll because I cut a small slit in one end and use it to anchor the end of the yarn. A little thickness is also necessary in order to allow the yarn to relax after it is removed from the nostepinne. We also all have one we carry with us at all times--our thumbs. I find this the handiest of all, especially when it becomes necessary to rewind a sloppy skein of yarn. That happens frequently when they are nearing the end and become too loose.

http://www.ariadneknits.com/blog/?p=62

I start mine by wrapping the yarn around my thumb and index finger held together. This prevents getting the center of the ball too tight and makes it easier to turn the ball on your thumb. I wind, turn the ball 1/4 turn and repeat until finished.

Now, the real question. Are you looking for a beautifully turned piece of wood and have $20 or more to spend, or are you looking for a way to wind your yarn?

http://www.spinnerschoice.com/Nostepinnes.htm
http://www.mielkesfarm.com/noste_instr.htm
There are also several sets of instructions on YouTube.

fran

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Shelia
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Posted - 04/01/2009 :  07:47:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll agree a bit and then disagree a bit. It is fairly easy to wind a center pull ball by hand without tools, I don't even use my thumb, and yes, any handy short straight item works too.

A nostepinne, though, works even better because of the slight tapering of the wood. This makes it easier to slide off and keep the ball tidy, and I don't think that spending $20 for a beautiful tool is a bad deal. My nostepinne is made of northern elm, and was made by a craftsman on Salt Sprng Island, BC. It's a tool with a lovely memory of spinning in BC that I use often and enjoy having in my spinning basket.

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MindyO
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Posted - 04/01/2009 :  12:12:57 PM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I got mine at a fiber festival for $5, but had I not found one I was intending to buy from Etsy.com There are usually several listed for under $10

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eepster
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Posted - 04/01/2009 :  12:35:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit eepster's Homepage Send eepster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's very true that a well made nostepinne is worth paying for since it is beautiful, sensuous and ideally suited for the task, but I figure the OP would have simply bought one if she could afford it, and that she posted asking after one here b/c she couldn't afford one.



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netta12208
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Posted - 04/01/2009 :  10:46:44 PM  Show Profile Send netta12208 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
ok I can use a piece of wood or a paper towel roll. But I cannot get the cake shape I think im doing something wrong I do not know. Can someone help me out with this or am I just supposed to be forming balls and no I do not want to spend $20.00 that's why I was asking if anyone had something they dont need or I can try the substitutions again I just cant get the cake form.
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mertle
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Posted - 04/02/2009 :  03:37:15 AM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good question, Netta. I'd like to learn, too, so I googled
winding on nostepinne
Lots of help & even videos. Off to check them out ...

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Vanadia
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Posted - 04/02/2009 :  04:16:38 AM  Show Profile Send Vanadia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hatchtown Farm has detailed instructions on their website:
http://www.hatchtown.com/nostdir.html
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fmarrs
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Posted - 04/02/2009 :  05:16:38 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The cake shape is formed by the way the yarn is wrapped around and not by what is in the center. If you have access to a yarn winder wind very slowly and notice how wide apart the yarn is spaced and how often it crosses itself. The only hint I can give for this is to be sure the top of the loop of yarn lines up with the one next to it as the flat sides of the cake are formed by the tops of the loops as they turn to go around the cake again. I have seen skilled users of nostepinne look as if they are only spinning it in their hands but it takes a lot of practice to get it that fast. I can make a cake flat on 2 sides but I am usually too impatient and just accept a ball of yarn.

By the way, I know of at least 4 correct spellings for this device so try them all if you are searching on the web. They are: nostepine, nostepinne, nostepinde, and simply noste. Why so many? Because this device is used in many different cultures with different spellings. Anyone who says there is only one spelling, has not done enough research.

fran

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