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Old 07-18-2007, 01:13 PM   #1
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Yarn Swift and Yarn ball windler: What would you do if you don't have them?
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i just bought beautiful polyester skein, 4 in a package...1 skein is already cut because it's knot everywhere...i don't have ball windler and swift...and it's my first turning knit yarn skein into a ball and i did it with difficult yarn...my second and third skein got balled safely, after i did it patiently, well managed, and ofcourse, after i learned this yarn...(it's slippery and not light)...

i made ball by using drawer as a holder of the skein and my hand as a windler...

do you have any suggestion for doing this? any tips for specific type of yarn?
i read a blog that has instruction to make own swift...but still, i'm living in a very remote area...really-really remote area...so, i don't know where to get those wood...

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Old 07-18-2007, 01:35 PM   #2
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I use 2 chairs and and nostepinde.
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:47 PM   #3
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Here's a tutorial on how to wind a center pull ball. I use it all the time.
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:00 PM   #4
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I sit in a chair and use my feet(clean from the shower of course) to hold the hank and then roll the ball. Then I asked for a swift and ball winder for my birthday.
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Old 07-18-2007, 05:01 PM   #5
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I got the swift first. you can still ball by hand, but the swift makes it soooo much easier. I just got the ball winder and the combination is great.

I've seen swifts made from lots of household things from the bottoms of office swivel chairs to lampshades, to lazy susans with a coat rack screwed on.... maybe if you look at lots of pictures of how swifts work you could find objects where you are that would work?

it needs to be free standing, rotating, and have adjustable pins to stretch the hank on. my hubby got a lovely one off eBay that is wood, and folds up for storage and it wasn't too expensive.

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My DH is super sweet and occasionally holds the skeins and takes turns winding the balls with me. I've heard of using chair backs too.
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ah, thanks for your sharing...


anyway...i see that swift looks like umbrella's structure...
is it?...may be i can recycle unused umbrella to do swift...only if it won't break yarn ...
i think of unused wheel but it can't be adjustable...

swift is very expensive...even if i can buy it, i still have to pay high tax when it comes to my country...above 50us$, the tax will be implied...
yeah, i agree, swift must come first before windler...
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I drape the hank around my knees (reclining on the couch works well for this) and wind a ball (which doesn't pull from the center) around my hand. A ball winder is on my list for Christmas.
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I've used the lampshade method (as swift). Works like a charm and the slope of the shade accomodates various sized skeins.

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Originally Posted by cam90066 View Post
I've used the lampshade method (as swift). Works like a charm and the slope of the shade accomodates various sized skeins.

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Very clever! W/o the thingy on top holding the shade in place it would spin nicely!
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