Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Old school yarn winder


I brought this old yarn winder back with me from my parents' after Easter holidays. My dad guessed that it's from the late 1800:s, and my grandfather called it a "härvträ" (ostrobothnian, direct translation would be something like "skein wood").

It counts the amount of wound yarn by making a snapping sound when the wheel has turned one whole round. There is a small wooden pin (doesn't show in the picture) that sticks out from the wheel, and when it touches the piece of bone on the right and the snap is heard, you know that you've wound a certain amount of yarn.

The arms that hold the yarn are not the original ones and don't really work that well. I'm going to make new arms this summer when I get to spend some time at our summer house. Can't wait!

5 comments:

erasmus said...

that yarn winder is beautiful. I'd have no space for something that big but still, its a work of art.

Pikku- Kettu said...

Ihanan näköinen laite. Ennen vanhaan tehtiin niin uskomattoman kauniita ja käytännöllisiä laitteita.

princesspumpkin said...

The yarn winder is really unusual. Lucky you!

princesspumpkin said...

Sorry to keep this conversation going in the 'comments' section of your blog - I couldn't find your email address on your blog (you can email me directly at erainelau (at) gmail (dot) com)

No, I won't be participating in the grudge match as we'll be overseas on holidays at that time. In any case I don't think I'll be able to cope with the sleep deprivation again...

Terhi said...

Hauska härveli. Meidän mökillä taitaa olla samanlainen, täytyykin tutkia tarkemmin. Ihania sukkia olet muuten neulonut! :-)