Turkey Baster Nostepinde

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about my top 3 ways to wind a centre-pull ball by hand. If you missed the post, you can read it here.

Cami left a great comment about how she uses a turkey baster to wind her yarn. She even linked me to the tutorial she made to do this. Thank you Cami!

She describes her simple method: I take a clean baster and remove the rubber part off the top. Feed the yarn down the baster from the larger end to the small end, leaving a generous amount coming out the end. Then start winding the yarn around the center. It works great because you can easily turn it as you go to get the yarn in a nice ball. When your done, simply slip the ball down the baster (toward the smaller end). Voila! A perfect center pull ball of yarn.

On Sunday, I sat down with a cup of tea on the sofa with my newly purchased turkey baster (only $2.50!) and a luscious skein of EcoOrganic cotton.

Winding yarn with a turkey baster (materials)

You can see that the turkey baster has a similar shape to a nostepinde.

NKK Nostepindes

I started winding the yarn, following Cami’s instructions. It was really quick and easy. As the baster is longer than the toilet paper roll I used previously, I found it much easier to hold and wind.

Winding yarn with a turkey baster

Before long, I ended up with this tightly wound ball of yarn.

Yarn wound with baster

I have been crocheting with it and the centre-pull ball keeps it shape very well.

Granny Square Blanket WIP

That’s the last bit of yarn left to finish the blanket by the way. So guess what I’ll be doing today? 😉


13 Responses to “Turkey Baster Nostepinde”

  1. Cami says:

    I’m so excited that you tried this! I’m glad it worked okay according to my directions, sometimes I’m not so good with instructions. I do like the way the ball holds it shape though so I’m glad you noticed that positive side too! I am loving the blanket your working on, amazing colors by the way, and I can’t wait to see it when your finished.
    .-= Cami´s last blog ..Stash for Raverly =-.

    • carmela says:

      That’s brilliant! What a great idea… Definitely trying this on the next skein I need to wind into a ball!

  2. Lara says:

    What a brilliant idea! A turkey baster is definitely going on my shopping list.
    .-= Lara´s last blog ..On the edge =-.

  3. Grace says:

    great idea. i wonder whether this can be done for threads… hmmm, wud be tough i think 🙂
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..spending $$$ on haberdasheries =-.

  4. xiuxiu says:

    Brilliant idea!
    Also, the blanket is looking very pretttyyyyy…will you send it to bergen once it’s done? he he he..
    I really need to learn how to crotchet.
    .-= xiuxiu´s last blog ..vacation =-.

  5. candis says:

    What a great idea. The important thing though: you are almost with your blanket!! how cool? Can’t wait to see pics! I love the cool colers that you used.

  6. Julie says:

    a turkey baster!! I’m going to have to try that. Thanks for the tip!!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Modification Monday: Harriet =-.

  7. Cath says:

    The end of the blanket!!! It looks stunning. I’ve used a huge wooden knitting needle as a nostepine too – it worked well.
    .-= Cath´s last blog ..It all stops with the computer =-.

  8. Jenn says:

    Love the idea but LOVE the afghan even more!!! I am really having a hard time grasping my noggin around a pattern for one almost exactly like that! Three things that keep stumping me…A) what type of yarn to use B) what hook to use and C) Understanding how the pattern flows once it’s started…you are doing beautifully on yours!!!

  9. Barbara says:

    How neat is that? Gonna have to get a new turkey baster myself!
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..What a giveaway! =-.

  10. Momo says:

    Nice method! Now I know what to do with skeins (I’m going to tell my mother too!!! ^^).
    Oh, and by the way, I love the colours of the blanket!
    .-= Momo´s last blog ..Mini basket with surprise! =-.

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  12. BugzNBean says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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