View Poll Results: Do you have a ball winder?
Yes, but i still need a swift 26 20.47%
Yes, and a swift 41 32.28%
No 27 21.26%
No, but i want one 33 25.98%
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:54 AM   #21
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I have a ball winder and a homemade swift. I would love to get a yard meter too.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:33 AM   #22
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I have a ballwinder, but I don't rewind skeins unless I am splitting it to make a pair of socks.

I want a swift because I have some yarn a friend game me that is kind of smelly and I'd like to wash it first. I wrapped my own hank using my computer chair, but I had a hard time winding it after washing. I'd also like to see if regular Red Heart Super Saver is softer to knit with after a good wash with fabric softener.

My best friend said buying the $37 swift from Schoolhouse Press would be cheaper than making one, if you count the time spent as part of the cost. I'll probably end up with that one eventually.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:38 AM   #23
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I recently purchased my winder from joanns.com and used one of the 50% off coupons so it was only $25, and I really love it. I got kind crazy with the winding. I find it really fun, am I silly? eh, oh well, nice pretty balls...I really don't need a swift yet, but I want one especially if I keep getting the fancy indie sock yarns that all come in skeins/hanks.
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:45 PM   #24
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I don't have either and so far I haven't had the need for them. I don't buy yarn over the internet (I'm a must touch-feel-see kind of person) and I've never been to a yarn store that didn't wind it for me any way I like
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:22 PM   #25
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I have both. I use the winder all the time, but have never used the swift. Somehow ever since I got the swift, all the yarn I've bought has come as a skein. Before that it seemed all my yarn came in hanks. Figures!
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:52 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Silver
I have both, AND a yard meter... all of which are necessities when you spin your own yarns. :D

Oh, and I'll wind as much as physically possible into one ball before I'll cut the yarn.
I went a little overboard and try to do more that what was "physically possible" and ended up get my yarn stuck in the gears. ~sigh~ i only lost about a yard or yarn though.

Originally Posted by cawthraven
No, but I want a swift!
why would you need a swift if u don't have a ball winder?
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:55 PM   #27
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I don't rewind yarn if it's in a skein or a ball. Only if it's in a hank. And I have never managed to unwind a hank without tangling it.

Actually, I would probably wind up paying loads of money for a swift, manage to tangle the yarn while I was winding it, and get mad and never use it again.

I actually don't really like center pull balls all that much, and I don't mind hand winding balls, so I'll just hope for a swift.
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:46 PM   #28
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I have a winder and a vintage "travel" swift. I bought them both on ebay. The winder for about 20 dollars, the swift for about 2 dollars. (I got lucky, I guess.)

Here's a video of me using both of them to wind some Malabrigo.
(I go slowly at first, then it builds up some speed just before I stop to turn off the camera.)
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:58 PM   #29
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I don't have one and I'm very JEALOUS of the 32% of you who have a winder and a swift. One day soon I'll have my winder and swift. I must, I must have them.



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Old 03-01-2007, 10:02 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by nadja la claire
I don't have one and I'm very JEALOUS of the 32% of you who have a winder and a swift. One day soon I'll have my winder and swift. I must, I must have them.



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well, as far as yes's and no's go, its almost a 50-50 spilt. at least you have 45% as company (for now at least )
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