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tkingny
02-01-2010, 10:43 PM
I'm researching table top swifts and am wondering whether anyone has any experience (good or bad) with any of these swifts, or recommendations for other table top swifts that they particularly love:

http://www.yarnswifts.com/store/product.go?id=1&catId=1

http://www.paradisefibers.net/Paradise-Fibers-Super-Yarn-Swift-p/3827.htm

http://www.knittingnotionsonline.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=7

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38313231

I would note that the last one from Etsy comes in medium and large sizes, but I'm not sure what the standard size for hanks are (I guess I've never had to measure them before), so opinions on that would be appreciated too!

Crycket
02-01-2010, 10:59 PM
I have an umbrella swift. Sets up quick and puts away quick and mostly compact.

Those types you have listed always seemed like more work for just as much money!

Ingrid
02-01-2010, 11:18 PM
I also use an umbrella swift and love it.

http://www.amazon.com/Glimakra-Swedish-Medium-Umbrella-Swift/dp/B0013ENS7E/ref=sr_1_1/185-8473081-0678943?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1265080706&sr=8-1

ArtLady1981
02-02-2010, 04:02 AM
I have the same (large wooden) umbrella swift as Ingrid. And a Royal brand ball winder.

They were the best two knitting accessories I've ever purchased!

etoilechaude
02-02-2010, 04:31 AM
I also use an umbrella swift and love it.

http://www.amazon.com/Glimakra-Swedish-Medium-Umbrella-Swift/dp/B0013ENS7E/ref=sr_1_1/185-8473081-0678943?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1265080706&sr=8-1
Added to my Amazon wishlist :oD

Mirl56
02-02-2010, 08:02 AM
http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm

HD made me this one. Works like a charm, with the added bonus it was totally free.

WandaT
02-02-2010, 09:12 AM
We (my knitting group) have one of the umbrella swifts too and we love it!

Jannette
02-02-2010, 11:25 AM
A swift and ball winder are on my must have list. Now if I only had a hundred dollars to spare...

Maybe if I hadn't bought so much yarn...

Well my birthday is coming up.

JasminJaquine
02-02-2010, 11:27 AM
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38313231


I bought a swift from this Etsy Shop last month (well, technically the DBF bought it, but details...details...).

I absolutely love it! I ended up just getting the Medium and it has worked for all of the hanks that I've wound up so far. I use it with the KP Ball Winder.

The largest hank holes worked well for KP Wool of the Andes Bulky that I wound up, while the 2nd largest worked great for KP lace hanks.

Jannette
02-02-2010, 11:50 AM
I can afford that one! Thanks so much for posting the link.

Ellieblue
02-02-2010, 12:24 PM
I have one like the this too and I love it. I don't think I would like an umbrella style because it would take up to much storage space and the $19.95 style doesn't have to be clamped down to use.

sakura-panda
02-02-2010, 12:44 PM
http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm

HD made me this one. Works like a charm, with the added bonus it was totally free.


DH is making one like this for me, but it isn't finished yet. Mine wasn't totally free, but it is a gorgeous oak and he assures me it cost well under $20. :thumbsup:

Debbie
02-02-2010, 04:44 PM
I got my umbrella swift online at Joanns and used a 50% off coupon ! I love it. I also got my yarn winder there, 50% off. My local store does not carry either one.

tkingny
02-02-2010, 10:35 PM
I also use an umbrella swift and love it.

http://www.amazon.com/Glimakra-Swedish-Medium-Umbrella-Swift/dp/B0013ENS7E/ref=sr_1_1/185-8473081-0678943?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1265080706&sr=8-1

This one looks nice, but the reasons I was thinking of a table top swift was because I was thinking it would be easier to only have to clamp one thing to the table, instead of two and would be easier to store.

Those of you who have the umbrella swift, do you leave yours out, or do you store it? Do the clamps for the swift or winder damage your table? I don't have a craft table or anything, so I would be using my dining room table.

tkingny
02-02-2010, 10:39 PM
I bought a swift from this Etsy Shop last month (well, technically the DBF bought it, but details...details...).

I absolutely love it! I ended up just getting the Medium and it has worked for all of the hanks that I've wound up so far. I use it with the KP Ball Winder.

The largest hank holes worked well for KP Wool of the Andes Bulky that I wound up, while the 2nd largest worked great for KP lace hanks.
JasmineJaquine - how did you decide on the Medium versus the large? How do you store it? My one concern is that it doesn't appear to come in a case, so I worry that I might lose some of the pieces.

JasminJaquine
02-02-2010, 10:49 PM
The main factor was that I wanted something a little smaller as umm...we tend to have a lot of "stuff" in general, so smaller generally is nicer for me. Plus saving a few bucks isn't bad either.

As for storage (as I've only had it a month), I tend to leave it together and drop it against a wall or behind a door as it stays hidden quite nicely.

It's not hard to take apart at all, I just tend to leave it together as it can be just stuck in a corner somewhere.

The only pieces I could ever see losing is the pegs, which...I think it came with 6. They come in a sturdy plastic ziploc, but one can always place them in a nice fabric pouch or some other container with one's knitting notions.

Shandeh
02-02-2010, 10:57 PM
My swift is just like the Etsy one you linked. I got it on eBay. It's easy to store, and easy to use. If I use it for several skeins, I tape it down to keep it from sliding around on the table. If I'm only doing one skein, I just do it slowly.

tkingny
02-02-2010, 11:37 PM
My swift is just like the Etsy one you linked. I got it on eBay. It's easy to store, and easy to use. If I use it for several skeins, I tape it down to keep it from sliding around on the table. If I'm only doing one skein, I just do it slowly.
Really, it slides around the table if you don't tape it down? Hmm, it was sounding great up to that point. I guess it's really lightweight?

Shandeh
02-02-2010, 11:53 PM
Really, it slides around the table if you don't tape it down? Hmm, it was sounding great up to that point. I guess it's really lightweight?
Yes, it is lightweight. If you hook up the end of the yarn to a ball winder and turn it fast, that particular swift will slide around on the table.

Ellieblue
02-06-2010, 10:50 AM
Really, it slides around the table if you don't tape it down? Hmm, it was sounding great up to that point. I guess it's really lightweight?
I guess I've just been lucky-I've never had that happen to me. I have a tablecloth on my table so maybe that helps. As for storage, mine came in a long triangle shaped box so that is where I store it.

Shandeh
02-07-2010, 04:56 AM
I guess I've just been lucky-I've never had that happen to me. I have a tablecloth on my table so maybe that helps. As for storage, mine came in a long triangle shaped box so that is where I store it.

I never thought of that! Mine was on a slippery table (my cutting table for sewing). I guess that's why my swift is a slippery one. :teehee:

Ellieblue
02-07-2010, 11:26 AM
Just had a thought! If you glue some pieces of felt or flannel on the bottom, I'll bet that would help.

fluffybunny
02-07-2010, 12:38 PM
Is a bit different. It is called a "hasp", but has the same crossed bar structure as this one does. It is metal and on the ends are big "C" shaped plastic things that really hold the yarn securely. The adjustment for size is made by ratcheting things in the center part.

You clamp it to the tabletop, but it doesn't spin horizontally, it clamps so that it spins vertically, 90 to the table. It was made by Passap and I just love it and I am SO glad I passed on the umbrella type. The best part is it was only about $20 on eBay because no one seemed to know what it was. Machine knitters usually use coned yarns, and it was not listed among the spinning/knitting stuff.

I would think you'd like any of these too. The umbrella one looks cool, but for function I think these are all just fine.

Donna

Shandeh
02-07-2010, 10:21 PM
Just had a thought! If you glue some pieces of felt or flannel on the bottom, I'll bet that would help.
:think: I think that rubber might work better for my situation. I might try some of that non-slip shelf liner stuff.

bloomee
02-10-2010, 04:26 PM
The one on the Paradise Fibers website look pretty

tkingny
02-10-2010, 09:41 PM
Darn - I missed a few of your posts before I ordered. I ended up going with the Mama Bear Swift and a Royal ball winder. I should get it this weekend, so I'll let you all know what I think. Thanks everyone!!

crocee
02-10-2010, 11:08 PM
DH made me one like the esty one out of scrap oak we had laying around. The only cost was the dowel rod. He stained it in a mahogany color and it came out beautifully. To keep it from sliding around I stuck these foam rubber feet thingies on the feet. I get these thingies from work so I have a bunch of them, their also self sticking so no glue needed. It doesn't slide around at all. He also made a swift that looks similar to a spinning wheel that works like a dream.

tkingny
02-11-2010, 11:37 PM
DH made me one like the esty one out of scrap oak we had laying around. The only cost was the dowel rod. He stained it in a mahogany color and it came out beautifully. To keep it from sliding around I stuck these foam rubber feet thingies on the feet. I get these thingies from work so I have a bunch of them, their also self sticking so no glue needed. It doesn't slide around at all. He also made a swift that looks similar to a spinning wheel that works like a dream.

Dang - It seems like everyone has a DH that can make handy knitting tools! I might get married if I could find a guy like that!

Jannette
02-12-2010, 09:28 AM
Nah, it's not worth getting married for when you can buy the etsy one for 19.99! LOL

Shandeh
02-12-2010, 09:58 PM
:teehee: