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Re: Balls O' Yarn
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2017, 11:20:09 AM »
Akavit.....I promise....I will NEVER, NEVER.....bring up that coffee table again. 60-70 hrs. a week. I don't know how you manage. That is a lot of time at work. Do you ever wish you were just an employee and not owner of this company? I mean you would get to work with wood, which you obviously love, but you would get to go home after you punch out.
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Re: Balls O' Yarn
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2017, 08:32:07 PM »
60-70 hrs. a week. I don't know how you manage. That is a lot of time at work.
It's not all that difficult.  Since I handle everything, that includes emails, phone calls, designing, traveling and fun stuff like shop improvements.  Even if I work a 12 hour day, it's not all physical labor so it doesn't usually get fatiguing.  I also do most internet and design work from home instead of going to the shop.

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Do you ever wish you were just an employee and not owner of this company? I mean you would get to work with wood, which you obviously love, but you would get to go home after you punch out.
NOT A CHANCE!  I did the employee thing for 10 years and enjoyed it very much.  But having got a taste of being self-employed, it would be difficult for me to go back to employee status.  This is especially true because in my previous job, I had a huge amount of autonomy in how I'd do the work once I'd been there for 5 years.  So I'm used to calling the shots in the workplace and most jobs don't offer that benefit.  Also, woodworking is pretty easy.  Making it into a successful business is a much bigger challenge and that excites me.

One of my sticking points is that I've got different ideas on how a small, professional woodshop should operate and many small business owners would be afraid to take the risk to make it happen.  If an owner is turning a profit, he's unlikely to want to change anything about the operation.  If he's losing money, he'll usually try to work in a frenzy to shove projects out the door and collect payment.  It's rare to find people who want to undertake a program of infrastructure changes because doing so usually means taking 10 steps backwards before advancing again.  There are some rare owners that are like-minded and many are running highly successful companies.  But now that I have a chance to take the helm myself, I'm going to take that chance and run with it.
 
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Re: Balls O' Yarn
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2017, 11:26:41 AM »
There are easy directions for making a swift out of pvc pipe and a few joints and dowel rods. My dad made it for me and all the pieces come apart so it's easy to store. I don't have a ball winder though, I wind by hand.
 
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Re: Balls O' Yarn
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2017, 10:40:35 PM »
All the yarn stores have one of those. My mother does as well.


Some yarn comes in hanks. Hanks of yarn are wound in a circle then twisted. You untwist and attach the yarn to this machine to make a ball. A ball of yarn is created to easily pull the yarn without knots occurring. If you did that with a hank of yarn, the whole thing would get tangled, resulting in tears of frustration and possibly fire.

I have zero patience for tangled yarn! Poor hubby still doesn't have his winter hat because I was using hanks I picked up a thrift store and just couldn't handle it anymore!
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Re: Balls O' Yarn
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2017, 01:02:12 AM »
All the yarn stores have one of those. My mother does as well.


Some yarn comes in hanks. Hanks of yarn are wound in a circle then twisted. You untwist and attach the yarn to this machine to make a ball. A ball of yarn is created to easily pull the yarn without knots occurring. If you did that with a hank of yarn, the whole thing would get tangled, resulting in tears of frustration and possibly fire.

I have zero patience for tangled yarn! Poor hubby still doesn't have his winter hat because I was using hanks I picked up a thrift store and just couldn't handle it anymore!

I actually like untangling tangled yarn. It's so satisfying. Like a puzzle, but useful!
 
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Re: Balls O' Yarn
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2017, 03:51:15 PM »
All the yarn stores have one of those. My mother does as well.


Some yarn comes in hanks. Hanks of yarn are wound in a circle then twisted. You untwist and attach the yarn to this machine to make a ball. A ball of yarn is created to easily pull the yarn without knots occurring. If you did that with a hank of yarn, the whole thing would get tangled, resulting in tears of frustration and possibly fire.

I have zero patience for tangled yarn! Poor hubby still doesn't have his winter hat because I was using hanks I picked up a thrift store and just couldn't handle it anymore!

I actually like untangling tangled yarn. It's so satisfying. Like a puzzle, but useful!

Good on ya! Takes heroic patience.
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be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored
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Re: Balls O' Yarn
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2017, 04:20:19 PM »
All the yarn stores have one of those. My mother does as well.


Some yarn comes in hanks. Hanks of yarn are wound in a circle then twisted. You untwist and attach the yarn to this machine to make a ball. A ball of yarn is created to easily pull the yarn without knots occurring. If you did that with a hank of yarn, the whole thing would get tangled, resulting in tears of frustration and possibly fire.

I have zero patience for tangled yarn! Poor hubby still doesn't have his winter hat because I was using hanks I picked up a thrift store and just couldn't handle it anymore!

I actually like untangling tangled yarn. It's so satisfying. Like a puzzle, but useful!

Good on ya! Takes heroic patience.

Not if you like it.  :P
 

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Re: Balls O' Yarn
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2017, 09:40:37 PM »
All the yarn stores have one of those. My mother does as well.


Some yarn comes in hanks. Hanks of yarn are wound in a circle then twisted. You untwist and attach the yarn to this machine to make a ball. A ball of yarn is created to easily pull the yarn without knots occurring. If you did that with a hank of yarn, the whole thing would get tangled, resulting in tears of frustration and possibly fire.

I have zero patience for tangled yarn! Poor hubby still doesn't have his winter hat because I was using hanks I picked up a thrift store and just couldn't handle it anymore!

I actually like untangling tangled yarn. It's so satisfying. Like a puzzle, but useful!

I spent almost the entire Super Bowl occupying myself with a tangled ball of yarn (I mean, really, the Super Bowl....boring!).  You and I could solve some serious life problems together, while untangling yarn  ;)
 
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