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« on: March 31, 2006 05:44:31 PM »

Hello!  I have been reading and lurking on crafster for some time now.  I've decided
to come out and share with fellow knitters!

Several months ago, I made my own tabletop yarn swift out of everyday garage
items -- a drill was the only power tool!



Anyhow, I finally started a blog and have posted the instructions of my homemade
swift. I hope you make one too! My swift is portable and I've even brought it several times
at my knitting group meetings for others to use.  

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I have a couple of different ways of doing it in a new tutorial on my blog now.  Here's the link: http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm

ALSO, I just entered an Etsy/Instructables contest and thus, I put up the yarn swift in a tutorial on Instructables. Here's that link: http://www.instructables.com/id/ECNWGNBF46DD9H4/

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2006 06:40:50 PM »

That is AWESOME. You are as a god to me now! ^_^
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2006 07:26:13 PM »

Thanks Maryam!
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2006 08:49:31 PM »

As someone who just spent over $100 on one, I have to say this rocks, and I'm thinking of making yours so I can have 2 for my business (I've got a partner, and it'll be easier if we each have one).  Thanks so much for posting the instructions, and I like your blog.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2006 08:53:00 PM »

That's really awesome! I needed one!
I have to ask my boyfriend to make it.
He will be happy to make it, because he was the swift so far...hehe
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2006 07:08:06 PM »

Even though I will never make one, I appreciate your tutorial.  Very nice of you to share and your swift looks as good as any I've seen in a store!
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2006 07:57:13 PM »

As someone who just spent over $100 on one, I have to say this rocks, and I'm thinking of making yours so I can have 2 for my business (I've got a partner, and it'll be easier if we each have one).  Thanks so much for posting the instructions, and I like your blog.  Smiley

Thanks!  If you do make one, I'd love to see it!  Also, if you find any errors or any parts of the instructions that don't make sense, feel free to let me know or ask.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2006 08:02:17 PM »

That's really awesome! I needed one!
I have to ask my boyfriend to make it.
He will be happy to make it, because he was the swift so far...hehe

Funny! My husband was always unhappy to get tangled in my yarns and he's not handy (nor is he interested in being handy) so I ended up making my own.  If your bf is handy, it shouldn't take him but a couple of hours of work, worth the trade-off of not being the human swift. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2006 08:31:21 PM »

I don't know what I love more, the fact that you made an expensive yarn swift easy and affordable, or that you provided a PDF for the project. This is great! I'm not handy with wood, so I think I will beg my husband to do it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2006 02:20:48 PM »

Holy Crap! You are my hero!
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2006 10:46:32 AM »

You are a GENIUS!!!

I love the simplicity of it. 

Thank you so much for sharing your instructions!
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2006 05:18:01 PM »

wow!

I'm worried my boyf is making me one for my birthday, but he doesn't really know what one is (other than it functions as his hands do at the moment...)

maybe I could just accidentally leave your page out where he'll see it Grin
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2006 05:22:53 PM »

Yay!! I've been meaning to make one but ive been busy! thank you!
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2006 11:40:05 PM »

wow!

I'm worried my boyf is making me one for my birthday, but he doesn't really know what one is (other than it functions as his hands do at the moment...)

maybe I could just accidentally leave your page out where he'll see it Grin

LOL! Hey, you might as well just hand him the printed instructions.  My hubby refers to it as a spin thing. He's clueless as well; at least your bf can make you one!
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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2006 11:45:38 PM »

Thanks everyone for the compliments. I am glad y'all find this useful.  Making one looks more complicated than it actually is, so I hope to see your swifts soon! Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2006 01:40:23 AM »

hmm, something for my boyfriend to make at the weekend methinks!
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« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2006 01:07:39 PM »

you're a genius! 

My dad is so gonna help me make one of these when I get home!

....now if someone will come up with  yarn winder......hee hee
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« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2006 02:54:52 PM »

This is great!  Thanks for the instructions.
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« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2006 02:58:52 PM »

So terrific! I think I probably have most of what I need already, left over from assorted other )abandoned= projects lol
Thanks!!
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« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2006 05:23:01 PM »

THANK YOU      THANK YOU      THANK YOU
I just got back from Home Depot and got everything I need to make 3 of these. I for a freind that let be borrow her ball winder (I've had it quite a while - figure I ought to return it with something), I for a friend who is getting me my own ball winder at wholesale price, and of course one for me. Everything cost $21 so $7 each - not too bad.

I did have to make a couple of changes thought. They did not have 1 x 1 birch and I was afraid pine would warp so I'm doing the whole thing out of 1 x 2. Also the 5" hex bolts were only threaded about 1" down so I didn't really see how the nut would work. They had a threaded piece that you could cut but that seemed like more than I wanted to do so I'm using 1/4" machine screws - surely the difference between 3/8" and 1/4" won't matter.

Pix sometime this weekend.
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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2006 04:49:20 PM »

I did have to make a couple of changes thought. They did not have 1 x 1 birch and I was afraid pine would warp so I'm doing the whole thing out of 1 x 2. Also the 5" hex bolts were only threaded about 1" down so I didn't really see how the nut would work. They had a threaded piece that you could cut but that seemed like more than I wanted to do so I'm using 1/4" machine screws - surely the difference between 3/8" and 1/4" won't matter.

Pix sometime this weekend.

The bolt size you selected should not matter, esp. since you are using a wider wood for the arms.  Don't forget to use the right drill bit though.
Partially threaded bolts could actually work because the base takes up 2".  The 1x2 base pieces are stacked on top of each other, not fitted in like the arms.  If you are planning to notch out the center of the bases like for the arms, then you don't really need a nut to tighten. I just stacked the base pieces top of another because I don't have any power tools to saw and did not want to notch out 2 more pieces. But either way, it sounds like you've got things under control. Can't wait to see it!
 
For anyone esle thinking of or planning to make one, please note that you need hardwood, not softwoods like pine.  Pine is easy to work with, but it is too soft for long term durability and use.  Plus, pine has too many knots which will snag your beloved yarns.   Shocked  Doh! We definitely don't want that to happen!
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« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2006 05:22:13 PM »

Thank you so much for the instructions...i would've never come up with that myself

I've been a lucky girl!  I'm home for 3 weeks and convinced my very handy dad to help me make this (sorry i don't have pix)  Not only is this super useful, but I thought I'd share that my new swift is now very special for me because I'm moving across the country (from CA to NY) and won't be home much for the next 3 years, so now I have something made by my daddy with me!   Smiley

AND a few days later....my boyfriend got me a yarn winder AND an umbrella swift for my birthday, so now I'm really set with 2 swifts!

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« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2006 10:06:18 PM »

Thank you so much for the instructions...i would've never come up with that myself

I've been a lucky girl!  I'm home for 3 weeks and convinced my very handy dad to help me make this (sorry i don't have pix)  Not only is this super useful, but I thought I'd share that my new swift is now very special for me because I'm moving across the country (from CA to NY) and won't be home much for the next 3 years, so now I have something made by my daddy with me!   Smiley

AND a few days later....my boyfriend got me a yarn winder AND an umbrella swift for my birthday, so now I'm really set with 2 swifts!



You're welcome!  The 2 swifts will surely come in handy if you are dyeing yarn or unraveling a recycled sweater!  When/if you get pix of your swift, you can post it here Thank you for sharing and good luck with the big move and NY!
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2006 06:19:05 AM »

Thanks to your instructions, my hubby made one for me last night.  I LOVE it!
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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2006 08:18:50 PM »

how sweet of him to make it for you. i hope you're having fun with it!
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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2007 10:26:28 PM »

this is so wonderful! I'm going to try to make this in the next few weekends. I buy so much wool from thrift stores (skeins and frogged sweaters), so it'll be very handy to be able to tell if the whole skein is still intact....
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« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2007 07:16:11 PM »

Embarrassed okaaaay......so I have never used a swift, and I  have asked my brother to make one for me........ I think that I may have the idea wrong, behind using it I mean.......

So the part that got me confused was the comment about pulling apart a recycled sweater (which I need to do), but I cannot visuallisze it in my head. Do I tie one end on to the swift and work away by spinning the swift? I know this may sound silly, sorry. I don't want to use it wrong.
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« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2007 07:18:07 PM »

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« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2007 07:41:56 PM »

Do I tie one end on to the swift and work away by spinning the swift? I know this may sound silly, sorry. I don't want to use it wrong.
I imagine that would work great. The only way I have used mine (made from this tut by moi) is turning hanks of yarn to center pull balls with my ball winder (not homemade but purchased by a friend at wholesale - 40% off JoAnn's would be just as good).

Also I don't think it is possible to sound silly when asking a question on craftster.

I also don't think there is a wrong way to use a swift as long as it accomplishes what you want.
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« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2007 10:05:51 PM »

I understand how you use it......... I guess I just gotta try......
Thanks for the info, and the encouragement. Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2007 08:05:51 AM »

Thank you for sharing this! I've bookmarked this, and asked hubby to make it for me soon. He said he would, yay! If I'm lucky, by next month I will have my very own swift Smiley Possibly next month, since he's got vacation coming lol
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« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2007 10:44:08 AM »

Ooooh...now to figure out how to attach a motor to it...then my hubby and I can have a project to do together! This is too perfect.


Thank you for the instructions! I've been asking him to make me one for a week now Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2007 11:14:57 AM »

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« Reply #33 on: January 12, 2007 12:07:33 PM »

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« Reply #34 on: January 12, 2007 08:56:35 PM »

thank you so much. I must call my dad and tell him to make me a yarn swift (he likes any excuse to work with power tools)!
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« Reply #35 on: March 21, 2007 01:04:03 PM »

I've just updated all the instructions and added a second version of the swift.  The swift and all other patterns reside here.  Enjoy!  Grin
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