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Topic: Knex Motorized Yarn Swift! **Now w/Ball Winder**  (Read 34054 times)
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« on: July 21, 2005 12:40:00 PM »

I was inspired by the lego ball winderi saw here on craftster and wanted to make something similair.  And since i still have 2 large boxes of knex from my childhood and a motor, i thought, i know i can make something useful.  So i decided on a yarn swift because i was getting tired of winding yarn into hanks to dye them.  After about 3 hours of tinkering i came up with this:


I just tie the yarn through a hole in the connects on the swift part and then plug it in and around and around it goes.  It moves pretty fast and within minutes i had a 5oz. hank. Yea!  Super cool. 

The yarn just slips off the top part or i can take the top part off if i need to.  the is a yarn feeder on the right side that holds the yarn at the  proper angle so it wraps properly.  The only bad thing is that it doesnt have a switch, when its plugged in its spinning. so i have to watch it to make sure that it doesnt get snagged or messed up.

I had to share because i was so excited with my genius.  YEA!


~~EDIT~~Jan. 5 2006

Over Winter break I took apart my original yarn swift and rebuilt it.  It is a lot sturdier now and I added a few features.  It now had removable pieces.  I can easily lift of the swift part and switch it for the new ball winder part.  The two pieces just slide down on the left and the extra one can sit on the right when not in use or I can feed back and forth from ball to swift using both pieces at once.  I am really excited about it. 

Exciting pictures brought to you by my brand new digital camera!







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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2005 12:48:24 PM »

That is too f-ing cool.
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2005 01:39:15 PM »

This has got to be one of my favorite things ever!
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2005 02:18:40 PM »

that rocks - i was thinking about raiding my parents attack for lego to do somehting like this the other day 0 looks like knex is the way to go - I'm sure there's some kicking around somewhere
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2005 12:04:35 PM »

Go geekmagnet---such wonderful ingenuity you have!
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2005 01:45:10 PM »

Ooooh...  me like...
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2005 02:48:02 PM »

*bows down to the genius that is GeekMagnet*  That is wonderful!
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2005 08:41:49 PM »

How ingenious! That is really awesome.

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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2005 04:06:11 PM »

That is about the funniest thing I have seen in ages!  I love it!  I am going to show it to my husband.. he has all sorts of stuff left over from his childhood.. I wouldn't mind having one myself!

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that is totallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy  amazing!!! 
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