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Topic: rant: yarn swifts are too expensive and i'm not cool enough to make my own  (Read 2934 times)
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dorthybuht
« on: April 14, 2007 06:49:49 PM »

wah wah wah!!! Angry




i suddenly feel better now Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2007 08:03:41 PM »

I am sure you are LOADED DOWN with cool  Cool

That said, do you have an office type chair with wheels?  I saw someone online who took their office chair, pulled off the wheels, inserted those fatter crayola markers in the holes and TADA!  Swift.

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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2007 08:05:39 PM »

I am sure you are LOADED DOWN with cool  Cool

That said, do you have an office type chair with wheels?  I saw someone online who took their office chair, pulled off the wheels, inserted those fatter crayola markers in the holes and TADA!  Swift.




SNAP! i do have an office chair at my mum's but i'm sure i could find a cheap one at goodwill. . . .. . . .
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2007 08:11:26 PM »

http://ladydove.typepad.com/pieceful_creations/2006/03/all_wound_up.html#comments

(one done with pencils, wheel intact)

The original one i was thinking of: http://www.knitchat.com/index.php?s=swift&paged=2

And here's another office chair/swift, with no modifications (just looped around the chair): http://heathbar.org/weblog/archives/archive_2006-w42.php

In case, like me, pictures help.

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2007 07:52:17 AM »

OMG, that's brilliant, and we JUST bought two brand new office chairs at work last Friday, with the full intention of throwing out the ratty pieces of crap we were sitting on.  I bet I could totally take one apart and home with me for a swift!  I was JUST thinking last night, as I frogged about 10 yards short of an entire skein of yarn, how much I wanted one.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2007 10:17:04 AM »

When I was shopping for a swift I found that their price tage (regardless of where I shopped) outrageous. I did however find one on ebay for $30 that is collapsable with multi peg holes to adjust the size of the skein.
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZcbgerstner
I love it.

There are a few online tutorials on how to make your own rather inexpensively.

You can also use a spinning spice rack or lazy susan in a pinch in addition to the suggestions of chair legs and whatnot.
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2007 01:39:01 PM »

I learnt this from a fellow knitter:

Open the hank carefully and drape it around your neck like a necklace. Then just wind into a ball from there (tho *not* a centre-pull ball, just a regular ball).

Just make sure you have enough free time set aside to complete the operation because the more times you remove the yarn from around your neck (like to answer the door or turn off the boiling kettle) the more opportunity the yarn has to tangle!
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2007 02:39:58 PM »

I learnt this from a fellow knitter:

Open the hank carefully and drape it around your neck like a necklace. Then just wind into a ball from there (tho *not* a centre-pull ball, just a regular ball).


Why not a center pull ball?
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2007 06:06:04 PM »

I am sure you are LOADED DOWN with cool  Cool

That said, do you have an office type chair with wheels?  I saw someone online who took their office chair, pulled off the wheels, inserted those fatter crayola markers in the holes and TADA!  Swift.



I use my office chair in place of a yarn swift.....  but I put the yarn over the back of it (it helps that mine has a huge wide back...)...  then I can just wind the yarn and spin the chair as I go.........
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2007 09:04:33 PM »

Got a big lampshade handy in your home?  Loosen the screw so that it turns freely and put your hank on it.  Instant swift.   And then, get a dowel or stick or broom handle or even an empty toilet paper roll and google nostepines and how to  use them.  You'll have a great center pull ball in no time too.
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2007 11:15:48 PM »

I'm not inventive or patient enough to NOT use a swift - but I got two very cheap on Ebay (smaller, handmade antique ones) and a large modern one at Ben Franklin's half off with a coupon - which made my, like, year Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2007 12:13:42 AM »

Is it common to knit from a swift directly? I don't have a ball winder and am far too impatient to wind a ball by hand..
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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2007 07:48:07 AM »

I got a pretty cheap swift on ebay (around $30).  And you can also get them at places like Joanns--so if you just wait for a 40% off coupon, they're also pretty damn cheap.  And SO WORTH IT.
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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2007 10:19:15 AM »

Is it common to knit from a swift directly? I don't have a ball winder and am far too impatient to wind a ball by hand..
I suppose you could.  I just wouldn't because it would mean that I could only knit right next to the swift. 
And, well, I have young children.  The swift is a wonderful toys in their mind.  I'd head to the bathroom and come back to a tangle of epic proportions.  I'd keep this in mind also if you have curious pets.
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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2007 12:50:10 PM »

When I was shopping for a swift I found that their price tage (regardless of where I shopped) outrageous. I did however find one on ebay for $30 that is collapsable with multi peg holes to adjust the size of the skein.
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZcbgerstner
I love it.



Thanks for this ebay link.  I have been looking for something like that.  I went ahead & bought one.  I have alot of hanks I need to wind.
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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2007 01:33:22 PM »

When I was shopping for a swift I found that their price tage (regardless of where I shopped) outrageous. I did however find one on ebay for $30 that is collapsable with multi peg holes to adjust the size of the skein.
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZcbgerstner
I love it.



Thanks for this ebay link.  I have been looking for something like that.  I went ahead & bought one.  I have alot of hanks I need to wind.

I own this one and love it, my kids can't keep away from it when it gets whipped out. The only downside is that it doesn't come with a drawstring bag or anything to keep it in, so you can keep it all together and hang it out of the way when not in use- but hey... you're a craftster you can make one! Grin
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2007 03:50:07 PM »

I wanted a swift before I came up with some thing that worked. It really pissed me off when I ask my woodworking father to make one and my mom told me to just buy one or make one using that tutorial thats on the net. (I live in apt and I have no power tools so its beyond me how she thought I could craft one...)

Anyways, i take the dining room chair and put it on its front so that the back is parallel the the floor. then I balance it with something so it doesn't fall forward, unwrap the hank and then hang it off the end. Then I start winding.

Its better than asking the husband to help. He gets this pained look on his face everytime I ask him to stop Wii ing and help out. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2007 07:11:50 PM »

Hey Meriellyn!

I just mean that, *I* don't wind centre-pull balls, but I imagine it can be done! I just don't like them. I like them wound the conventional way. Then I put the ball into a pottery bowl my husband made a long time ago. It fits just snugly enough to wind off as I'm knitting. It comforts me, somehow!
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« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2007 12:29:10 PM »

Is it common to knit from a swift directly? I don't have a ball winder and am far too impatient to wind a ball by hand..

You're... too impatient to take five literal minutes to make a ball? My mind, she boggles.
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« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2007 08:18:23 PM »

Is it common to knit from a swift directly? I don't have a ball winder and am far too impatient to wind a ball by hand..

You're... too impatient to take five literal minutes to make a ball? My mind, she boggles.

Okay, I have to say that in all fairness 5 mins is a bare minimum estimate there.  I work with lace and sock yarns a lot, and it takes me over 5 mins to wind with a ballwinder sometimes (1200 yds +).  I think I'd be a screaming freak by the end of a hand-winding attempt.
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« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2007 09:44:25 PM »

Is it common to knit from a swift directly? I don't have a ball winder and am far too impatient to wind a ball by hand..

You're... too impatient to take five literal minutes to make a ball? My mind, she boggles.

Heehee yes I'm mindbogglingly impatient and it takes ages for me to wind a ball by hand - I can't be the only one.. or ball winder sales would crash Wink But you have successfully shamed me into resolving to try again.. next time I want to knit from a hank.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2007 05:23:41 AM »

Is it common to knit from a swift directly? I don't have a ball winder and am far too impatient to wind a ball by hand..

You're... too impatient to take five literal minutes to make a ball? My mind, she boggles.

Heehee yes I'm mindbogglingly impatient and it takes ages for me to wind a ball by hand - I can't be the only one.. or ball winder sales would crash Wink But you have successfully shamed me into resolving to try again.. next time I want to knit from a hank.  Smiley

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You aren't the only one who winds balls slow by hand. I would describe my own hand winding as "slower than snails mating covered in molasses mid winter"... which is to say, pretty darn slow. I bought a used ball winder off of ebay, now life is good and fast.
Oh, its also secretly kind of fun too and addictive... you'll find nonsensical reasons to rewind a yarn cake over and over. Its true!
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« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2007 05:34:22 AM »

hmm i've gotten some good ideas from you guys, i'm going to have to attack my desk chair today
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« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2007 11:28:28 AM »

this might have already been mentioned, but JoAnn.com usually has coupons for 50% off any one item. A $70 swift suddenly becomes $35!
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« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2007 04:28:52 PM »

joanns actually has a 50%coupon running right now, but i used it for my ball winder. I did in fact use my chair as a swift today, it worked great! The legs on my chair spin so freely that i wasn't worried about stretching the yarn out
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« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2007 07:12:36 PM »


Oh, its also secretly kind of fun too and addictive... you'll find nonsensical reasons to rewind a yarn cake over and over. Its true!

oh yes - i agree with this!!
i sat down once and wound about 20 balls (from the LYS) into centre pull ones on my winder - too fun!
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« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2007 07:13:56 PM »

I got my swift today that I ordered on Ebay, it was posted in the 1st few posts.  It is great!  Nice & lightweight, doesn't have to be clamped down to anything & folds up & stores away easy when not in use.
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Oh, its also secretly kind of fun too and addictive... you'll find nonsensical reasons to rewind a yarn cake over and over. Its true!

oh yes - i agree with this!!
i sat down once and wound about 20 balls (from the LYS) into centre pull ones on my winder - too fun!

Oh god...I wind so many balls of yarn at the shop I work in, I've begun to hate it. We even have an electric ball winder and it's still the bane of my existence.

I do it with a smile--it's a service we provide and the equipment is kind of expensive for a lot of knitters...but that doesn't make it suck any less.
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« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2007 03:57:38 PM »

oh i do love the phrase bane of my existence....

but i do love a LYS that will wind them for you.
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« Reply #29 on: April 20, 2007 06:56:19 PM »

I would love to do this, but Im so so lost, I just cant
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« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2007 11:13:07 PM »

this might have already been mentioned, but JoAnn.com usually has coupons for 50% off any one item. A $70 swift suddenly becomes $35!

Ack!  You're a genius!  I got an email about the 50% off being valid through Saturday and the only thing I could think of that I needed to order from Joann's was size 2 DPN's.  Now I know what else I'm going to order.   Grin
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