I have a new… thing?

I’be been wanting of one of these things for a long time. I unravel my knitting quite often if I’m not happy with it, and it’s really difficult to make good hanks without one.

Härvel
This is a “härvel” in Swedish

Luckily for me, one of my friends, Maria, happened to have one she no longer needed (well, she had at least three), so I bought it!

I have no idea what this contraption is called in English. A coiling machine, perhaps? If you know the correct term for it, please let me know!

Härvel
Well worn

It’s so pretty! And blue!

Härvel
I wonder who made it and who used it

And it’s from 1865.

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5 thoughts on “I have a new… thing?

  1. What a lovely old tool 🙂

    I had never seen one like this, but perhaps these may have a similar function?
    http://ballandskein.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2_3
    http://halcyonyarn.com/odds_ends/swifts_coneball_winders.html
    http://www.nancysknitknacks.com/ball_winder.htm

    There are much more basic ball winders (to make yarn balls, aka yarn cakes out of wool in cone or skein), like the Toyota one in my post:
    http://weestorybook.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/shetland/

    Not sure whether these would work for the use you mention, though?

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