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The Yarn Pet is different than any other tool out there. It holds your yarn on a small circular platform that is connected to our 20cm tall yarn guide rod. The platform and ball turn freely without the need for ball bearings. The yarn ball turns so freely that you will never again have to tug your yarn to get it free of the ball. The tensioning post is easily adjusted but he user. The yarn guide allows the knitter to pull the yarn off the ball horizontally, which does not add or subtract twist from the yarn. The Yarn Pet can also hold 18cm tall cones of yarn! You get not only a ball holder but also a tensioned cone holder. We have tested cones in excess of 1 pound. The Yarn Pet is lightweight and measures just 10cm wide by 15cm deep by 1.6cm thick. If you want to streamline your knitting process by controlling your yarn ball and eliminating the needless tugging of your yarn from the ball, then consider the Yarn Pet. Where is it made. The wood for this product comes from Maine and Canada. Assembly labour is performed in North Carolina. Metal products come from Missouri. Notice: Balls wound at the mill and not by a standard ball winder from a skein, are referred to as mill balls or mill wound yarn. These are long balls and not the conventional cakes of yarn that a ball winder would make. These types of balls will not work on the Yarn Pet or Yarn Pet Duo. The reason that they do not work is that their ends have yarn which wraps around the rod too closely which catches on the rod. If you remove the wooden yarn guide post, it seems to work better but will then get caught up on the bottom of the metal rod. So at this time we do not recommend using these types of yarn balls with our Pet line.