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Topic: rant: yarn swifts are too expensive and i'm not cool enough to make my own  (Read 2526 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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amey
« 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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amey
« 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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tajhia
« 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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