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Secksiebrat
04-11-2007, 10:42 PM
No PUN intended. I bought a swift off ebay and I used it for the first time with my ball winder tonight. It was perfect.

I thought I'd make a post to tell others about my swift since I love it so much. BTW I do not know this seller personally, but couldn't help but share his wonderful swift with others.

Seller Name: cbgerstner

http://cgi.ebay.com/Portable-Oak-Yarn-Swift-Winder_W0QQitemZ140105262367QQihZ004QQcategoryZ136 2QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

That is a direct link to one that he has up for auction. He packages the swift VERY nicely and even included 2 extra "pegs" incase one is lost or broken. He is very speedy shipping and for all the swifts I have looked at, by far the nicest and at a very reasonable price. You will NOT be disappointed :)

~danielle~

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BinkyKat
04-11-2007, 10:49 PM
this is the kind of swift i want. i haven't used my ballwinder i got last year because i'm waiting for a swift. my dh is handy and i would love to have him sort of participate in my hobby and make me one like this. he can whip stuff like this. heck, it could be something to make $ too. i'm glad to hear you like this style as no one around here has that kind so i can really try one out.
brilliant! enjoy! :happydance:

Yarn Doc
04-12-2007, 01:07 AM
I recently bought the same swift from this seller and I can vouch for his/her product. I love mine! The one I got is foldable for easy storage. It works like a dream, and the price is great! Wuv the new swift....

orcoastknitter
04-12-2007, 01:14 AM
I have a yarn swift made from this pattern (http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm). It works great.

marykz
04-12-2007, 08:54 AM
thanks for the link/ review!! now I know what I want for Mom's day... I really like how it folds up.

Mulderknitter
04-12-2007, 08:56 AM
that looks really nice. Does it really work that well without being clamped? :shrug:

GinnyG
04-12-2007, 09:02 AM
After MUCH looking I finally purchased a swift online from JoAnn's (using the 40% off coupon). It has arrived but I have not yet tried it. I did see the one you posted but was concerned withat even with the multiple holes it might night be "just the right" size for all yarn. The one from JoAnns is the umbrella style. Let's hope I can figure out how to use it :??

Sanibelle
04-12-2007, 09:05 AM
I showed my husband a picture of that a few weeks ago and told him I wanted one. A few days later he disappeared down in our basement for awhile and when he came up he had made me one just like it. It is so cool and it did not cost much money at all for supplies. I love my husband and my new yarn winder!

I think he did a google search and actually found directions on how to make it if anyone else is interested by the way.....


Lynn

nadja la claire
04-12-2007, 09:28 AM
I have a yarn swift made from this pattern (http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm). It works great.

Thanks for that link!!!! Man you have saved me a lot of money!!!!

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

Yarn Doc
04-12-2007, 01:34 PM
I wanted to make one with the tutorial, but I know that buying the tools and materials would cost more than just buying one from the ebay seller. I'm not very handy, don't have a bf or husband, and live in a studio apartment in a high rise. I doubt that any of my neighbors would have tools, and even if they did, I'd have to find somewhere to build it cuz the studio just won't cut it. I even have to do all my bike maintenance in the hallway cuz I don't want to get grease and grime everywhere.

Thank god for ebay!

orcoastknitter
04-12-2007, 03:48 PM
I have a yarn swift made from this pattern (http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm). It works great.

Thanks for that link!!!! Man you have saved me a lot of money!!!!

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

You are welcome.

Knitalia
04-13-2007, 10:55 AM
:shrug: :shrug: :shrug:
I bought the JoAnn's umbrella style swift. I couldn't figure out how to use it! It's set up & clamped to my counter. How do you get the yarn to stay put? The umbrella just closes in on itself. I didn't see any type of clamp or anything to keep the swift open & pull the yarn snugly around the it. Now & have a tangled mess of silk yarn. :wall: :wall: :wall:

mwedzi
04-13-2007, 11:50 AM
that looks really nice. Does it really work that well without being clamped? :shrug:

Yes, I bought one just like it, from the same seller I think. The bottom part just sits on the table and the top cross rotates. After a while or for some yarns, it does skootch a little acoss the table, but not by much.

But, I do notice that sometimes the bolt tightens itself. Anyone else notice this on theirs? If the bolt is twisted all the way down, it's locked in place, so you unscrew the bolt some so it can rotate. But I have found that sometimes during winding, the bolt will start to screw itself back in, so that I have to stop and unscrew it a bit to loosen it up so it will continue to spin.

Secksiebrat
04-13-2007, 11:59 AM
I didn't notice this the other day, But I did only wined 2 hanks with it though. I didn't notice it moving at all and it really seemed to work well for me :)

~danielle~