Sometimes you just need to wind up a skein of yarn when you don’t have access to a ball winder or swift. On a visit to my mum’s house, I improvised by devising a nostepinde (nostepinne) out of a toilet paper tube. I had seen it somewhere before and wanted to see if I could figure out how to do it.
Cut a small slit in an empty toilet paper tube (or any other tube). Slip the end of the skein through the slit.
Start winding the yarn around the tube on a slight diagonal while slowly rotating the tube. At first it doesn’t look much like anything is happening.
Continue winding the yarn and you’ll see the start of a ball.
Here’s the completed ball before it’s pulled off of the toilet paper tube.
Finally, the ball of Blossom nestled among one of the lovely blossoms in Mum’s garden.