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Old 09-12-2008, 08:07 PM   #5
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If you do decide to purchase a swift (I didn't think I could handmake one sturdy enough but didn't want to pay $80 for an umbrella swift) I would suggest searching Ebay for "yarn swift" and get one of the ones that looks like an "X" that spins horizontally to the table. I got mine for around $30 including shipping and it's easily "unscrewed" for moving somewhere or storing. It's also adjustable in the sense that you can put the dowel pegs in the different holes for different sized hanks. I only have two complaints about mine...one is that it slides around a bit - very easily fixed by sitting on a silicone hot pad; and two, that it spins so fast that when I need to stop it sometimes a couple feet of yarn come off it!
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