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Old 06-12-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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Greetings, I am brand new here, and I'm excited to learn a lot here. I'd say I'm a beginner, all I've done are scarves and blankets.
Then I start purchasing the really good yarn, and the yarn store in my city closed. The always wound my purchases. I finally broke down and got the winder, and have been using my feet as the swift...

I need advice please. Would you recommend what you think is best, I need to break down and get one. Retailers online charge you for this service. The Amish ones caught my eye because they are cheap and small. Cost is a big factor for me in purchasing one of these.
I really appreciate any insight you can recommend.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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By the way, would you know how I got a nickname of "Casting On" under my name? I didn't do it.
Please bear with me as I learn how to use this forum.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:25 AM   #3
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I think casting on just means you're new or just starting here

I bought a swift a few years ago for about $50 but I can't remember where. I've since parted ways with it :( so now I just use 2 of my dining chairs.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:37 PM   #4
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I bought my swift last summer from KnitPicks. They were running a special, and the swift was maybe $50, so it qualified for free shipping.

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Old 06-12-2012, 08:59 PM   #5
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I have a wooden swift, Swedish I think. I didn't mind spending the money at the time because I figured it would last a lifetime.

I saw one clever idea, though. The person put her yarn on a lampshade and loosened the top so it spun. Voila!

There are even handmade plans out there that you can make using a lazy susan, so you really don't need to spend a lot. The winder is the critical element, I think.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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I have a wooden swift that I made. It uses 2 yard sticks, 4 wooden coat rack pegs, small dowels, a couple of board and a lazy Susan base. The most expensive item was the lazy Susan base, Lowe's for about $5.00 US

Total cost to me about $10.

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