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Old 01-25-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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Swift for Under $10!!
I've been thinking lately about buying a swift, but would rather spend the money on yarn, so I started researching ways of making an inexpensive swift. My husband and I put our heads together and came up with this for under $10 in materials. It works great!
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Old 01-25-2009, 12:37 PM   #2
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Very cool! I have a question though. What is the green think you used at the base of it?
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:14 PM   #3
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Very cool! I have a question though. What is the green think you used at the base of it?
It's a lawn sprinkler from WalMart. We just cut the sprinkler parts off with a hacksaw and inserted the wooden dowels (7/16").
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:27 PM   #4
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Hey all,
Newbie "DER" moment: What is a swift? What is it used for?

My understanding is that it winds yarn. But surely, if you buy your wool in the thing that looks like its in lots of knots rather than a ball, it wouldnt get tangled up.
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:14 PM   #5
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Omigosh, that is both hilarious and terrifically ingenious! I HAVE to remember that!

Here's a review of swifts that also gives you a good idea of what swifts are for and why they're a good thing.
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:58 PM   #6
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SLIM! you (and hubby!) are BRILLIANT!!

I love it! I'm gonna make one thank you so much for posting this.

Is that a real nosterpinde? (sp??) or some other clever idea? It's pretty, anyway!
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Looks like a fence or banister part, to me. You can buy them in hardware/DIY stores! I never thought of using one as a nostepinne -- what a great idea that is, as well!
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Is that a real nosterpinde? (sp??) or some other clever idea? It's pretty, anyway!
No, it's not a real one, but it works great. We made it from an unfinished table leg we bought at Lowe's for $3.68. Just cut it down a little shorter and sanded it smooth.
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That's so clever. I wind my balls by hand, but I could still use that. Thanks for sharing your idea!
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That's great - I just love the clothes pins!!
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