you've finished flying and want to go home - I'll deal with 4 lines,
2 will be the same - but simpler:
Begin by removing the kite from the end of the lines, remove the top-right
& bottom-right lines from the kite and "larks-head"
one onto the other (using the overhand knot mentioned earlier) - do
the same with the other side. Pack the kite away or, using a ground-stake,
fix it to the ground so it won't wander off by itself. You now have
two pairs of lines on the ground, their respective ends joined - leave
them a yard or so apart to avoid confusion.
to the other end of the lines, remove your flying handles and join
the lines in the same way as before (and the same pairs!) You now
have two "joined pairs", on the ground, lying straight and
parallel to one another.
for the "technical bit".
Take the winder in your left hand (I'll assume you're right-handed),
you should find a small slot (or two) at one end of the winder - this
is you're starting point. Pick up the end of one line "pair"
and lock it into the slot using the knots you'll have on the end.
Pick up the other pair and do the same (same slot or other slot if
you have two). Avoid crossing or twisting the pairs when doing this.
keeping the winder in the left hand - separate the four lines between
the fingers of your right hand (you should just have enough fingers).
Now, without changing your grip on the winder or the lines - begin
to wind in a figure of eight fashion. Yes, I know you seem to be twisting
the lines as they go onto the winder - the good news is, the twists
actually help the process!
- As you
wind the lines in resist the temptation to drag the line towards you
- this will definitely create twists and tangles!
Walk slowly "into" the line, timing your steps so that you
neither pull line towards you, nor "overtake yourself" so
you get to the end, as the separated pairs come together at the winder,
make sure that the pairs remain separate as you place them neatly,
one at a time, into the same slot that you started with.
your "bungie" to hold the whole thing together - it's best
to then place the lineset in it's own small ripstop bag for storage.
Done, now go and have a sit down - happy in the knowledge that you'll
have no problems next time out!
the sun's shining, the wind's blowing (a very rare combination where
I live) and you're off to fly:
Lay the lines out first. Take your ground-stakes and fix the ends
of the two pairs of lines to the ground, a yard apart, after carefully
removing them from the winder.
a finger through the large hole in the centre of your winder - and
stroll slowly downwind, whistling happily to youself........
You'll probably have to assist the line as it leaves the winder to
avoid any problems - but whatever you do: Do Not Remove That Finger
or turn the winder at any time!
until you reach the end of the lines, carefully separate the two pairs,
drop the winder and gently tension the lines. You'll find perhaps
a twist or two between the pairs of lines, but no more.
separated the pairs, you may now lay the lines on the ground, walk
back and pop the handles on the lines, drop the handles over your
pegs, then set up the kite for takeoff - and away you go!
lines - do as above but don't bother with the overhand knots in the
loops, just pop the two loops over the end of the winder and wind. Treat
each line as a pair for the purpose of reading the above. Easy!