Last year at Stitches South, I bought a huge 950 yard skein of 50% bamboo / 50% cotton yarn. It's been sitting in my sewing room doing nothing as I was dreading winding it. Thanks to my wonderful husband, I now am the owner of a Knitpicks yarn ball winder! He did not know, however, that you need a swift to go with it. Since he is the one who likes gadgets, he has gotten to use the winder while I hold the yarn and spin around as fast as I can (not really folks, I just hold it standing still). We wound the 950 yards and it made 4 cakes!
I had been wanting to make one of the girls a tank top from a great book I got at Stitches - Barefoot Knits. I had been eyeing that book from the author's web site for a couple of years; and I was lucky enough to find ONE copy at Stitches. The girls chose the halter top for me to make first and let me tell you; that bamboo/cotton was a perfect yarn!