Not Loving the Large Yarn Trainer

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Tuesday 17 February 2009 at 7:04 am

Not that long ago, I raved about a product called a yarn trainer that I had purchased. Basically, it is a plastic tube with a top on it and handle which allows you to insert your skein of yarn and carry it around. It keeps my pets out of my yarn when I’m trying to work and helps prevent knots as well, so I thought I’d double my pleasure and purchase another one, or actually I got two, one regular sized and one extra large.

I have been wanting to do some projects that require doubling up the yarn, so that’s why I wanted to have two trainers of the same size. In addition, I purchased the extra large (supposedly 10.75 x 6 inches) trainer with the idea that I could use if for a pound size skein of yarn. I measured one skein I had, and it was about the same size as the supposed extra larger trainer.

Alas, there is a major design flaw with the larger yarn trainers! Yes, the body of the trainer is the right size for the pound size skein, but the top is not. The top is the same size as the medium sized trainer (5 inches wide at the top). Therefore, there is no way to get that pound of skein into the trainer, nada, not going to happen. Trust me. I tried cramming it in there because obviously once in, it will work.

I decided not to send it back since by the time I pay shipping and considering the cost of the item ($10) it really isn’t worth my time. I’m using it to store some of my smaller leftover yarn balls, but I’m really bummed. So, that’s why I’m passing this information on to my readers. The medium trainer is still great, but stop your fascination there because in this case bigger does not mean better.


  1. Comment by RachelQ — February 18, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

    Thanks for the heads up!! I have the smaller one, now I know not to get the bigger one for the lb yarn.

    Did you write to the co?

  2. Comment by Tammy — February 18, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

    Nope, I didn’t. I probably should have, but I have found a use for it. I store small leftover balls of yarn it, and it’s worked pretty well for that. .

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