OMG! Ball Winder and Swift

Buck Strong's picture

Came home from the National Ed Association meeting to find that my swift and ball winder had arrived. I ordered all of this Cascade 220 for my sister's sweater and I took me forever to get the hank into a center-pull ball. So, being totally frustrated, I shelled out the money and bought the goods.
What the hell was I thinking waiting so long to get this! It's AMAZING! Five minutes and you have perfect center pull yarn. I was so excited; I ran down stairs and showed the BF. He wasn't as enthused as I was. Well, more fun for me.

Buck

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Jerry Moore's picture

Hmm. A cone winder. I

Hmm. A cone winder. I hadn't heard of this/these. What's the advantage of cones compared with balls.

Two cones would be more to the point than two, uh, balls, I'd imagine. I once was presented with two cones. I didn't know what to do with them. It appears now that I missed . . . oh never mind. What're cones for? Dare I guess -- machines?

BuduR's picture

sweet deal! I want a swift,

sweet deal! I want a swift, I figure I can do without the ball winder for awhile. I book marked the link Andy left. Maybe I will use all my charm and get Ruben to build it for me :p

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I've got both and - hold

I've got both and - hold your hats - never use them very often. I just take the time spent hand-winding my yarn as meditation time. Thinking about what the yarn will be used for...things like that. Otherwise, I ask the shop to make up the balls. Still, it is good to have the swift and winder when I want/need them. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

MMario's picture

I use the swift a lot;

I use the swift a lot; haven't used the ball winder yet.(I bought it Nov of '07)

Crafty Andy's picture

Make your own swift

Make your own swift instructions here
I made my own swift and I use it all the time, it was about $20 in materials including the wood stain. I got the hardware store to do most of the cuttings, but it is very easy to make.

VTandPTguy's picture

And I, too, just bought a

And I, too, just bought a ball-winder and swift day before yesterday. Now looking around Ptown for some balls to wind swiftly.

Thomasknits's picture

::Jealous:: -Thomas

::Jealous::
-Thomas

MMario's picture

Yo! What hoppen'd to the

Yo! What hoppen'd to the other pic? I think it does you more justice.

Thomasknits's picture

This one is more current,

This one is more current, and I'm actually crocheting in it...intently
-Thomas

Buck Strong's picture

I like this one a lot, cute

I like this one a lot, cute hair cut.
"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

MMario's picture

okay - for some reason I was

okay - for some reason I was getting the piano again.

krooks's picture

If you have a BF, why do you

If you have a BF, why do you need help winding your balls?

PhilNmtl's picture

Given that earlier that day

Given that earlier that day we had spend a couple of hours untangling a hank gone wrong, my partner was seriously impressed when he witnessed the first ball flying off the swift onto the winder. Dollars well spent!

QueerJoe's picture

One of the first knitting

One of the first knitting gifts I ever received was a swift and ball-winder, so I've always kind of taken them for granted. Every once in a while I'll decide to hand-wind a center-pull ball by holding the hank of yarn around my knees...yikes!!!...I can't imagine how Laura Ingles did it.

And Thanks Kerry...now all I want is a cone-winder.

rjcb3's picture

HEY!!! That's how I do

HEY!!! That's how I do it!

I have failed often enough (after the very first time) to recruit the roommate into the old fashioned holding it out with the arms, so, I just untwist the skein and hold it 'round my knees and sit in a rather impolite position -- and I've taken to making centre-pull balls wrapping them 'round an old wooden size 11.

Interesting visual and I don't know as if I can ever watch Little House On The Prarie again in the same way...worse yet, I'm not sure I'll get the loving imagery from reading the books either. I'm hereby permanently scarred.

:)

)O(
Robert

scottly's picture

I recently purchased them as

I recently purchased them as well and I agree they are a blast. I now feel like a serious knitter. I bought mine from Knit Picks.

Aaronknits's picture

Winding balls has never been

Winding balls has never been so much fun!!!

Tallguy's picture

Oh, Buck, I've been telling

Oh, Buck, I've been telling you this forever! It just takes some longer to learn, that's all. You'll never go back again!

DougLaughlin's picture

Where did you buy them from?

Where did you buy them from?

Buck Strong's picture

I got them both from Amazon.

I got them both from Amazon. It was about 70 bucks for the two of them, plus, I got free shipping.
"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

VillageKnittiot's picture

It's the little things in

It's the little things in life. Next step will be a cone winder!