You're not doing anything wrong--it's the swift that's the problem. I have a wooden one, too, and had to sand and then oil the middle pole so that the outside umbrella thingy would move, well, swiftly!
I used fine-grit sandpaper and furniture polish, though mineral oil works best. (You probably know this, but don't use vegetable oils or the like because they go rancid.)
: 2nd sock knit in Noro sock yarn. I know it's itchy, but I love it anyway!
catnip toys--they're a big hit!
- "Glynis" by Cookie A~~I love her sock patterns!
- "Autumn Rose Pullover" by Eunny Jang~~This requires steeks. I will require courage!