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Does the yarn swift's size matter?
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Date: 12/26/09 9:43 PM

I have been looking at investing in a yarn swift rather than using DH hands which usually gets me very frustrated since he gets bored then my luscious yarn tangles However, I noticed on various website they come in small, medium and large. Should I just purchase a medium and it can accommodate the most types of yarn? Or is it the type of thing where I will eventually have to invest in one of each size?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Date: 12/26/09 10:11 PM

I got my yarn swift and ball winder years ago and I would I guess characterize it as a medium...but did not know they came in sizes....mine is fairly adjustable for the average skein of yarn (lace weight to bulky, because all are within a similar circumference, relatively speaking).

If you are near a local yarn shop that winds yarn, you could catch a look at the relative size of their swift. Do not forget the ball winder, it makes a world of difference when transferring from skein to ball and also allows you to make two balls easily out of one ball.

Good luck.

This is very similar if not exactly what I have...while it seems expensive, it was about that price about 8 years ago (IOW it was less than $100, more than $50). NAYY etc.

adjustable swift
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Date: 12/26/09 11:47 PM

If you do a fair amount of knitting, a swift is sort of a must-have. What seems odd is that they are now sold in fixed sizes. ??? I have two, a wooden antique and a modern metal and plastic job (which I never use), and both are continuously adjustable. They have a sliding screw on the shaft and can be set to fit the skeins being worked with. I have been able to adjust mine to fit every skein I have ever bought in many, many years of knitting. Take a look at the selection on ebay, for example.


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Date: 12/27/09 5:47 AM

Get an Umbrella swift. They "open up" using a mechanism similar to the one that opens an umbrella. You can lock the swift into place depending on the size of your skein. I have one of these and it's great. I had no idea that swifts actually came in different sizes.

Also, as mentioned by a previous poster, you should get a ball winder, too.

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Date: 12/27/09 8:55 PM

Emelle,

Thanks for your thought. I think I might go with a medium and call it a day. The ball winder is on order I placed that order earlier but held off on the swift until I knew what size I wanted/should get.

Have a Happy New Year!

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Date: 12/27/09 8:56 PM

Elona,

I have heard that if you get a swift only get a wooden one that the metal or plastic ones do not work properly. Is that why you do not use your metal and plastic one(s)?

Patti

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Date: 12/27/09 8:57 PM

sjmcg,

I may check into that version since it seems adjustable and that is important. Thanks!

Patti

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Date: 12/28/09 5:39 AM

I made my own swift for a fraction of the cost and it works like a charm! If storage is a problem for you, buy the umbrella swift. I have an empty basement where I store my swift assembled.

http://www.craftydiversions.com/patterns/homemade_yarn_swift.htm

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Date: 12/29/09 1:30 AM

My best friend and I, both longtime knitters (she taught me how when we were teenagers, and went on to become a knitting teacher) both have antique wooden umbrella swifts, though hers is a hundred years older than mine. Hers, so old it is hand-shaped, turns perfectly silently, while mine makes a soft click. Anyhow, experimenting separately, we have found that the newer plastic/metal jobs are unpleasantly noisy. They seem flimsy, too, but I have not actually heard of one falling apart.
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Date: 12/29/09 9:09 AM

I have the plastic/metal type. It is a little noisy, nothing bad. The amount of time it is used is very minimal to the whole knitting process. I think if someone did not have the directions for adjusting it from the box to set up at the table, they would think it was broken. I've had mine for about 6 years and have been happy with it. Yes the wooden ones are extra nice.

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