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11-06-2005, 08:17 PM
My Ghetto Swift!


ETA....this is the definition of "ghetto" I was thinking of when I named it a ghetto swift...courtesy of Urban Dictionary:
4. (adj.) jury-rigged, improvised, or home-made (usually with extremely cheap or sub-standard components), yet still deserving of an odd sense of respect from ghetto dwellers and non-ghetto dwellers alike

Very fitting for my swift....but potentially offensive without the explanation, for which I apologize!

11-06-2005, 08:19 PM
It looks like it spins too!! :cheering:

VERY CLEVER!! :thumbsup:


11-06-2005, 08:31 PM

11-06-2005, 08:32 PM
You are soooo resourceful! I love it! Let us know how it works.

11-06-2005, 08:37 PM
It works great! :thumbsup:

11-06-2005, 09:01 PM
That is absolutely BRILLIANT!!!!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

11-06-2005, 09:26 PM
AKA: The Amazing "THRIFTY SWIFT" !


Very cool! You are too clever and resourceful...allow me to add my BRILLIANT also!

11-06-2005, 09:28 PM
That is so cool. DO you have instructions anywhere?

11-06-2005, 11:21 PM
LOL Susie, I don't, but they would go something like this:

1. Find something spinny. For me, it was one of those spinning CD racks. I hacked it apart with a saw so all I had were two squares of wood connected by the ball-bearing thing that makes it spin. (You could also buy the ball bearing thingy and connect two pieces of wood, but that was more expensive.)

2. Keep your eyes peeled for an expandable wall hook/coat rack thingy, or some similar expanding do-hickey.

3. Screw them together.

Voila! Ghetto swift! :rofling:

(total cost: $3.98 )

11-06-2005, 11:32 PM
That is absolutely brilliant!!!

We hit thrift stores ALL the time... I am so going to be looking at stuff like that!

11-06-2005, 11:34 PM
I bet a lazy susan would work, too.

11-07-2005, 02:05 AM
You know, that's what I was looking for originally...but I settled on the only spinny thing I could find! :D

11-07-2005, 02:14 AM
It'd have to be a very small one...at least for me. I like to use lazy susans for other stuff.

11-07-2005, 04:54 AM
I bet a lazy susan would work, too.
EXCUSE ME???????????????? :roflhard:
Susie/born Susan :)

11-07-2005, 04:55 AM
Thanks for the instructions. Sounds easy enough. I bet my husband could come up with something.

11-07-2005, 08:24 AM
I bet a lazy susan would work, too.
EXCUSE ME???????????????? :roflhard:
Susie/born Susan :)

YUP...Id like you to come over to my house, hold yarn and turn in circles, please.....I have 10 hanks awaiting your arrival! :roflhard:

11-07-2005, 08:40 AM
Be right there. LOL,

11-07-2005, 10:04 AM
JULIE!!!!!!!!!!!! That totally rocks! Love the thrifty swift...I'm jealous that I didn't think of it first! Great recycling :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

11-07-2005, 10:36 AM
What a great idea!! at the knit fling we were shown how to use the ball winder and swift what walk in the park that makes winding yarn!!

11-07-2005, 11:13 AM
What a great idea Julie! I love it!

11-07-2005, 01:25 PM
Julie you ROCK!!!!

11-08-2005, 08:23 PM
Okay Julie! You had me all excited to make my own yarn swift and my husband even took me to Home Depot to get some supplies. Now, for the frustrating part..... I can't for the life of me find an expandable coat/hat rack and can't figure out what even to substitute. I went to four places today to look and nothing. My husband is going to check out Menards, but after that, I am at a loss. :(

I am determined though.... I WILL make my own yarn swift! It is going to be so cool to have one that will be just as good for like 1/5 of the price of the ones they sell. You ROCK!!

11-08-2005, 10:05 PM
they might have it at target, or dare I suggest the evil bad bad bad only shop as a last resort poverty sustaining no health insurance giving crappy ole walmart.

11-09-2005, 01:30 AM
I love how resourseful you are!!! The Thrifty Swift is amazing.....

I must say though I was a bit overwhelmed with all the technical terms..... :shock:

Seriously....BRILLIANT idea!!

11-09-2005, 01:29 PM
OMG Julie, that's BRILLIANT!!!!!!!

LOVE IT!!!!!! :cheering:

11-09-2005, 04:36 PM
Hilde, I looked at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, a local variety store that has a little of everything, Dollar Store, and a local hardware store. I also called 4 local hardware stores as well. I ended up ordering one online. I will spend probably $15 total when I am done, but still cheaper that purchasing one and I think it will work just as well!! ;) Now, if only I could think of a way to make a "thrifty" ball winder! :??

11-09-2005, 05:49 PM

Here's one made of Legos!

I also saw somewhere, but I can't find it now--someone put a tp tube on an electric drill bit and turned it on low--ball winder!

11-09-2005, 06:35 PM
Sara, I was just reeeeally patient, and waited until a coat rack showed up at my Goodwill. I don't have a lot of hank yarn right now...so I could afford to wait!

The other thing I was considering wasn't quite as compact, but would work...making an "X" out of two pieces of wood, about 2 feet long each, and drilling holes every inch or so, and putting pegs in them, a la this swift (http://cgi.ebay.com/Yarn-Swift-or-skeinwinder-all-HARDWOOD-BRAND-NEW_W0QQitemZ8232562371QQcategoryZ1362QQssPageName ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem). But I just coudn't get it together. :rollseyes:

11-10-2005, 12:04 AM
i've seen the coat rack thingies at Kmart, Martha Stewarts home section, by the laundry accessories. :thumbsup:

And yes, Susie, you are streamlined, efficient, alert and DARNED helpful if we do say so ourselves!!! :heart:

11-10-2005, 03:57 AM
............And yes, Susie, you are streamlined, efficient, alert and DARNED helpful if we do say so ourselves!!! :heart:

I like the "streamlined" part. LOL,

03-14-2006, 07:40 AM
I know this is an old topic, but wanted to add my own two cents.

Here is an interesting yarn winder, made from a electric mixer!
(I think I would be afraid to use it though....I'd end up spinning yarn all over the kitchen!) :rollseyes: http://knitting.about.com/library/weekly/aa010603.htm