View Poll Results: do you have a ball winder? or a swift? or both?
yes to both 10 22.73%
no to both, but I want one (or both) 22 50.00%
Why buy that when you can buy more yarn? 10 22.73%
I have a swift but no winder 2 4.55%
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:32 PM   #1
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new toys!!!
I'm so excited, my Dad made me a swift on Sat. and then asked today how it was working and I told him that I hadn't been able to use it because I needed a ball winder. So he said, "Tools are a good investment, tell me how much they are and I'll give you the money to buy one because I don't want to be anywhere near a ball winder." So I went to my lys and bought one today (the last one) and he gave me extra money to buy Opal sock yarn! I am so excited, and so was my 2 year old because he got to help me put the yarn on the swift and then helped me wind in up into a ball. He's taking a nap now (my 2 year old) and I told him that after nap time we'd wind more.
Also, I got the kp size 2.5 dpn and the simple stripes from kp in the mail today and wound it up. I'm so ready to bust out some socks!
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:35 PM   #2
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What a great dad!!!! Your little guy looks SO excited, I love it!!
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:37 PM   #3
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Isn't he a cutie!!

I love my winder and swift. Makes me feel so efficient.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:39 PM   #4
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Looks your son is having (dare I say it?) a ball! Sorry, I couldn't resist...

I just got a budget (vintage) swift off ebay, but haven't received it yet. I don't have high hopes, but for the price, I couldn't resist. I actually like winding center-pull balls with my own hands -- I guess it's another way to enjoy the yarn. I just got the swift to try to prevent some of the @$!! tangles I've gotten in the past when trying to make do without.

Have fun winding some more when your little one wakes up!
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:43 PM   #5
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I want a swift, but I don't mind winding the balls myself. I've actually been tempted to make a really ghetto one--find a length of wood, drive two nails into either end, and voila! Easy store, too, which is a must because I'm hoping to (finally) move away from home and have a teensy tiny apartment with no storage space.
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I have a winder but no swift. I didn't know what it was and had never seen a hank when I bought the winder. I've got hubby's hands for now. Next time I'm at my parent's I may have my dad help me make a swift though. It really doesn't look that hard.

My almost-4-year-old and 21 month old fight over who gets to turn the winder. Grant, the eldest, told the lady at the LYS that I yell at him when he turns it the wrong way Oh well!

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Originally Posted by kellyh57
Grant, the eldest, told the lady at the LYS that I yell at him when he turns it the wrong way Oh well!
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Kelly, I'm sure the lady understood. Yarn is very serious business!
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Originally Posted by kellyh57
I have a winder but no swift. I didn't know what it was and had never seen a hank when I bought the winder. I've got hubby's hands for now. Next time I'm at my parent's I may have my dad help me make a swift though. It really doesn't look that hard.

My almost-4-year-old and 21 month old fight over who gets to turn the winder. Grant, the eldest, told the lady at the LYS that I yell at him when he turns it the wrong way Oh well!

Kelly
I found my self yelling too, "you can't wind it the wrong way, it screws it up...STOP!!!"
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:57 PM   #10
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i m happie for you !!!!

Your boy looks so happie ...he is a charmer
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