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G J
05-22-2009, 11:43 PM
I'm looking for a swift and saw that Knit Picks has a swift for $50 (http://www.knitpicks.com/accessories/Knitting_Yarn_Swift__D80083.html). Is it any good? Has anyone used it? Is this type preferable to the flat type (http://www.yarnswifts.com/)? I've always used a tinker toy one (http://www.folkcatart.com/blogs/jen/?p=742), but it's pretty flimsy.
Input, anyone!?!?

Mirl56
05-23-2009, 07:27 AM
I've never used the KP type before. But DH made me one similar to the flat one in your link. Often times, the size of the yarn loop won't fit on it into a perfect square, I have to put 2 of the 4 pegs in one hole so it's sort of an odd shape. It still spins fine and has never caused a problem winding a ball, though. But the KP one would always expand perfectly even to whatever odd size the yarn loop is.

I'm not sure if either one closes up to take less storage space. On mine, the 2 top 'arms' come apart and the base slides closed to be almost on top of each other. It stores in about a 5" wide by 30" long and 5" high space. I'm not sure if the KP one would take more or less storage room.

The storage room would be my main thing, I think - it not being something I need to use too often.

You might want to look at the ones at Joann http://www.joann.com/joann/search/search_results.jsp;jsessionid=S3BFRVHIE5KFAP4SY5NF AFR50LD3KUPU?CATID=cat1110&keywords=swift&_requestid=987030
They cost a little bit more then KP, but if you use 40% off coupon they are cheaper. They seem to be the same construction and attach to a table same way. Check to see what shipping does the the end price.

cftwo
05-23-2009, 07:37 PM
I've used both the umbrella (KP type) and the table top swifts and I prefer the table top ones. You can find nice handmade table top swifts for good prices on Etsy - like this one http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25278361&ref=sr_gallery_9&&ga_search_query=swift&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title One I got from Etsy folds flat - maybe 2' long, 4" tall and an inch deep.

knitasha
05-23-2009, 08:52 PM
I've used both the umbrella (KP type) and the table top swifts and I prefer the table top ones. You can find nice handmade table top swifts for good prices on Etsy - like this one http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25278361&ref=sr_gallery_9&&ga_search_query=swift&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title One I got from Etsy folds flat - maybe 2' long, 4" tall and an inch deep.

My experience was similar to yours. My umbrella swift was a thing of beauty but it was awkward to use because I didn't have an appropriate table top to clamp it onto or enough space for it to spin freely. I ended up having to move furniture around every time I wanted to use it. I also found that the wooden tightening knob got looser during use, letting the swift close partway and dropping the skein to the table (often in a tangle). I retired it and got a table top swift from a woodworker on eBay. It looks very much like yours, and can be used on any flat, firm surface without being clamped to a table edge. Best of all, I can loosen the central nut, put yarn-filled spindles on two of the dowels, and use it as a Lazy Kate for spinning.

ETA: The price on the one one you got from the etsy shop is very good! I paid more for a smaller size.

G J
05-24-2009, 02:31 PM
Thank you for your replies. I have a gift cert. to KP, so I thought I might use it on a swift, but it sounds like that may not be the best way to go.