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Topic: Looking for a yarn swift/skein winder  (Read 2592 times)
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« on: August 10, 2006 10:12:47 PM »

I'm looking for a swift, but I can't find one for less than $50. I'm looking to pay $30-40...anyone selling?

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2006 12:33:18 AM »

« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2006 05:17:48 AM »

There is a Craftster Thread for how to make your own swift. It is very easy and the only tools you really need are a hand saw, chisel, and a drill.

I bought the materials to make 3 of them from Home Depot for $21.00 so for one it would probably run around $8.00-$10.00. If you are making it yourself have them cut the wood for you (2 cuts are free, something like a quarter each for more - well worth it).

You will need 2 pieces of wood anyway so get 2 - 4 foot long pieces have them cut 2" (the pattern call for 3" but 2" will be fine), then 16", and you will be left with 30". Do this on each piece and you have all of your cuts for free. Do it in this order - they won't take something like a 6" piece and cut it in half - safety issue.

If you have no tools maybe a fellow knitter does and you could trade off with you doing part or buying materials and her/him doing tool parts. I had someone in the Woods class at high school do the drilling on a drill press - I marked, they drilled, 15 minutes tops for three of them.

Here is a direct link to the Swift Instructions.
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2006 06:55:41 AM »

Joann.com has one that is $60- but they are always offering 50% off coupons, so you might want to keep an eye on their site.  http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=82324&PRODID=80807
I just bought a $50 ball winder for $25!

« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2006 08:38:47 AM »

i second joann's.  i just got a wooden one as a gift, but i know it came from joann's w/ a 40% off coupon.  they have 2 sizes too, i think and the smaller one suits me just fine.  the metal ones are lower in price, but i like the look of my wooden one.
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2006 08:40:02 AM »

Yep, I think Joann has a 50% coupon special this week. Look in other threads or do a search for it. The subject line has Joanns in it.


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