My wonderful hubby has given me the go-ahead to finally get a ball winder and swift. I'm hunting around online but I have no clue who the reputable dealers are? Anyone have any suggestions or experiences (good or bad) you'd like to share?
Kara, Mommy to Isabella (17 months), Proud Navy Wife to Tim (for 2 years)
This is the exact same set I own, and I absolutely love them! My friend gave it to me for my 30th birthday present, and I know she paid more than that for just the swift alone at my LYS. That's is a great price for both.
I found a swift on Etsy - like this one http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9664431 and find that I really like this kind that sits on the table as opposed to clamps to the table. So far, I have not bought a ballwinder, but wind them myself. My cats like to try to catch the swift as it goes around. :D
The fourth picture on the Etsy item shows how the swift looks folded up. I store mine folded up like that (the one I bought came with a cloth bag which fits it. The big pieces are all connected with a center bolt, and they open up to 2 legs for the base and 2 arms for holding the yarn. You stick the little pegs in the appropriate holes to fit your hank, find the end, and it twirls away.