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Old 03-13-2006, 06:45 PM   #11
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As the pp said, Royal is by far the most common brand. One thing to note, however. If you do a lot of winding, you will want a metal swift and not a wooden one. While wooden ones are prettier to look at, the Royal winders are not made to work in conjunction with them -- the wooden swifts are too heavy and strip the gears of the Royal winder more quickly.
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:18 PM   #12
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Hmm, I think a swift is more essential than a winder. I can never find anything in my house that's the same width as a hank of yarn. There isn't usually another pair of hand available (for me) and the yarn-around-the-feet method only led to disasters for me :rollseyes: I like to wind balls by hand, though, so maybe that maked the difference.
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:15 PM   #13
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Thanks for the recommendations everyone! And thanks especially brendajos for the coupon code!

What is it about swifts that make them look so peaceful and neat? Ah. I must be sick with my knitting obsession virus again.
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And don't forget Julie's brilliant made from Goodwill finds swift
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Thanks for the coupon link, Brendajos!

Finally ordered my swift from Joann's tonight. After winding two skeins with the ball winder only, I'm thinking I definitely need the swift, too, since I have 2 hanks of 800+ yards of lace to wind. The chair option just didn't work very well for me, and those hanks were only 200+ yards.

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Old 03-14-2006, 12:35 AM   #16
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Go for the swift. You'll never regret it.
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