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Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-16-2008, 05:38 AM
I found this (http://www.instructables.com/id/Duct-Tape-Yarn-Swift/)during my latest bought with insomnia! I would add point protectors (or more duct tape) to the ends for saftey and snag-proofing.

:thumbsup:

Jan in CA
08-16-2008, 11:09 AM
That's pretty cool. I agree about something on the ends of the hangers!

knitasha
08-16-2008, 05:10 PM
And here's one made with Tinkertoys that looks as though it would work very well. Plus a yarn winder made with K'nex.

http://lisaradunz.blogspot.com/2007/08/knex-ball-winder-and-tinker-toy-swift.html

And one with Lego:
http://soulfulhuesknits.blogspot.com/2007/10/lego-yarn-swift.html

There's another one on the internets that I can't find but it's clever: four plastic hangers (no sharp ends) and some twist-ties. It folds down for portability.

Sknitter56
08-16-2008, 07:49 PM
Hilde...I just checked that website...it's a great site!! I got a swift and ball winder for Christmas last year, but I could've made my own a lot cheaper. I love that website, though. There was some really neat stuff on there.

tokmom
08-17-2008, 01:45 AM
Oh my, I'm going to raid my son's lego stash.

shifio
08-17-2008, 12:23 PM
wow arnt people ingenious:yay:

Slim
08-17-2008, 12:35 PM
Great thread! Thanks so much for all the ideas, and the links to some pretty cool blogs!

SteveDallas
08-17-2008, 01:27 PM
I've thought of making the duct-tape swift... but I'm wondering, is a swift helpful when you have skeins instead of hanks?

knitasha
08-17-2008, 02:45 PM
It works for any yarn format that needs to be made up into a ball so you can knit conveniently without a million tangles. That includes hanks and some (not all) skeins. Some people even re-wind yarn that comes in ball form to be sure there are no knots or bad portions, and to "relax" the yarn. In short, some sort of swift and a ball winder or nostepinne are essential tools if you're going to do any amount of knitting.