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Topic: rant: yarn swifts are too expensive and i'm not cool enough to make my own  (Read 2850 times)
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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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« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2007 03:42:56 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!

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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