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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / PVC skein winder on: May 03, 2008 07:51:26 PM
Hi all.  For anyone interested, I am posting instructions for building a skein winder out of PVC pipe.  Someone on ravelry was interested and wanted to share a link for some fellow knitters who are not on ravelry yet.  Hope this helps.


 If you are going to use a handle or crank, get that part first.  Make sure the handle can be screwed onto a bolt.  Bring the handle with you to the hardware store to see what width of bolt you need.

Get these additional parts:

For the swift part:
  One long piece of PVC pipe (I used 1/2 inch diameter)
  One cross shaped ("slip" instead of the kind that have to be threaded) PVC connector (for middle)
  4 PVC Tee shaped slip connectors
  4 PVC Elbow shaped slip connectors *** make sure all of the connectors are the same diameter of your pipe***

For the stand (you could use wood here instead if you want):
  1 long piece 1 1/2 inch wide PVC pipe
  4 1 1/2 inch Tee shaped PVC connectors

Hardware needed:
  5 1/2 inch bolt of whatever width your handle requires (mine was 5/16 mm)
  2 flat washers that fit bolt
  2 Hex nuts that fit bolt
  2 nylon (or metal) spacers 1 inch long

    Also, you will need some glue that will adhere to PVC pipe so that you can glue the pieces together.

To assemble:

Using a hand saw, cut 4 pieces of PVC pipe for the four arms of the swift, 4 shorter pieces for the part the yarn will wrap on and if you are making a stand with the PVC cut those pieces, too.

I don't have a diagram, so I would suggest just looking at the picture and, using the appropriate glue, glue the swift part together.

Assemble stand if making.

Then, you will need a drill with a bit that will work on PVC pipe (if you don't have the right bit, you can buy one for about $5).

Drill a hole that is the same size as your bolt into the middle of the cross slip PVC connector.  Also, drill the same size hole into the stand where you want the swift to hang.

Finally assemble in this order:

2. nut
3. washer
4. through swift
5. washer
6. bolt

Tighten the bolts.

Then add two spacers before putting the bolt through the stand and cap it all off by screwing on the handle.

That's it!!

This cost about $10 to make.

About $7 for PVC pipe and hardware.
$3 for the handle, which came from a Sno-Cone maker I found at the thrift store.

edit:  See post 7 here for a proposed modification.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweater of many buttons on: November 01, 2007 10:02:35 AM
I finally finished my sweater of many buttons.  For those of you not familar with the pattern, here's the link: http://ohmystars.net/craft/knitting/pbuttony.html

It turned out a bit shorter on me -- I'm not sure why, but I'm very happy with it.

YARN:  100% merino, unraveled from a thrift store sweater and dyed with Wilton's icing dye

The buttons are from a raincoat purchased from the thrift store ($2 cost)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hand-dyed sweater -- my most successful to date on: September 19, 2007 06:31:17 AM
Here is a sweater knitted from an angora sweater I unraveled and dyed. The bottom is a lace pattern from the spring Interweave mag.  The rest is my own design and shaping.  Sorry about the links -- I can't for the life of me figure out how to post a picture.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Started as Butterfly, turned into . . . on: August 03, 2007 08:06:05 AM
The bottom hem of this sweater is Rowan's Butterfly, but the rest is my design.  After frogging twice (because apparently I can't pay close enough attention to what I'm doing to do the butterfly lace pattern) I decided to just do my own thing.  I'm pretty happy with it -- and it is actually yhe first knitted clothing item my husband has really liked.  I only wish I had left out the lace rib in the middle.  I thought it would help add waist shaping, however, it seems to make the other lace sections bulge a bit.  Oh well.


DSCF1568 by erikasewing, on Flickr


Thanks for looking.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished Anthropologie Capelet on: April 16, 2007 02:26:09 PM
I ended up making this much longer than the pattern -- and added an inch of rib trim to each side.  The yarn helped me with some stashbusting -- three different colors (and textures) combined.  This was a very easy, fast knit.

anthropologie capelet by erikasewing, on Flickr
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Twinkle's Big City Knits Feather Scarf on: March 03, 2007 09:42:39 AM
Here is my feather scarf from the book Twinkle's Big City Knits.  I used a yarn I had unraveled from a Thrift Store purchase.  Don't look too closely at the crochet edging, it was a bit difficult for me.

Twinkles Big City Knits Feather Scarf by erikasewing, on Flickr

Feather Scarf Close up by erikasewing, on Flickr
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / KNit Bookmark -- a gift for a friend on: February 13, 2007 03:52:29 PM
This is a bookmark I just finished knitting and embroidering for one of my friends.  It's a modified version of a bookmark designed by Sivia Harding http://siviaharding.com/Waves_Bookmark.html

I'm going to block it again tonight before giving it to her.  The embroidery is the initial of her first name and a Mahjongg tile.

Here's the link to mine:

Knit Bookmark by erikasewing, on Flickr

Close-up by erikasewing, on Flickr
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hooded Toggle Vest-- VERY modified old Vogue knitting pattern on: February 09, 2007 01:49:36 PM
This was adapted from a fall 2003 Vogue knitting pattern.  I'm pretty happy with it.  It was a VERY quick knit.  I used yarn I unraveled from a GAP sweater  (it's a 60% wool/40% acrylic mix).  If anyone likes it, I can provide more details.

close-up of toggle button by erikasewing, on Flickr
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Several FO's -- all from recycled yarn on: January 31, 2007 01:15:41 PM
Here are some pictures of finished objects since September.  Everything except the black fur on the vest and one of the scarves was from recycled sweaters.

mohair scarf by erikasewing, on Flickr

kyoto sweater by erikasewing, on Flickr

scarf with beads by erikasewing, on Flickr

scarf fringe by erikasewing, on Flickr

furry vest close-up by erikasewing, on Flickr

furry vest by erikasewing, on Flickr
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