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Old 04-26-2010, 11:28 AM   #11
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3 drawers full
sounds like a nursery rhyme
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:08 PM   #12
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I just got a swift! I had a 50 percent off coupon for Joann Fabrics and on their website (its not sold in the store) I got a swift for $35 bucks! I also ordered a ball winder from Knitpicks for $20! I love using them ! It's a lot of fun! I just couldn't pass up a swift for $35! It's working great so far!
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:41 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by trvvn5 View Post
They tend to be more compact in the wound ball than in the skein. So I can fit more in my yarn drawers that way.
When winding into a ball be careful not to stretch the yarn and then have it sit in a ball for a long time. This will kill some of the soft, fluffiness of the yarn. A well wrapped ball/cake of yarn can still be fluffy and compact.

As for yarn swifts, I made one this weekend out of 2 yard sticks, a Lazy Susan base and some scrap wood. Since all the items had been picked up over the years I don't know the cost, but less than $10.

Set up the ball winder and swift and crank as I watch old movies.
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:42 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by ElraTyln View Post
I just got a swift! I had a 50 percent off coupon for Joann Fabrics and on their website (its not sold in the store) I got a swift for $35 bucks! I also ordered a ball winder from Knitpicks for $20! I love using them ! It's a lot of fun! I just couldn't pass up a swift for $35! It's working great so far!
Part of me wants to grab a bucket of tinker toys and see if I can make one.
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:55 PM   #15
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Part of me wants to grab a bucket of tinker toys and see if I can make one.
You probably could if you glued them together! And the yarn wasn't heavy.
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:04 PM   #16
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There is actually a tutorial out there somewhere on a Tinkertoy swift. I tried it and it didn't work too well. We have the cheap plastic ones so I don't know if that makes a difference. The yarn kept flying off of it or it was tipping over. That's what makes me skeptical of a flat-type swift over an umbrella one.
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:12 PM   #17
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i bought mine for about $25 at amazon... i LOVE IT!


I also love that i can knit from both ends of the skein at once after i wind it....
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:42 PM   #18
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:45 PM   #19
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see that sounds more like something I would do.... mainly because if I go and buy something and I don't show that I am using it enough the knitting police give me crap about it! Probably because I am known for starting new crafts..mmm lets see, pottery, stained glass, painting, knitting, scrapbooking etc... LOL! i have a room upstair full of grand ideas! LOL!
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As for yarn swifts, I made one this weekend out of 2 yard sticks, a Lazy Susan base and some scrap wood. Since all the items had been picked up over the years I don't know the cost, but less than $10.
How about you writing up a pattern and letting us folks(me) who dont want to spend upwards twards $85 on one, have it. PLEASE?

My husband would prob jump at the chance of making one so he doesnt have to be my swift anymore. LOL
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