Stanwood Needlecraft Tabletop Amish Style Wooden Yarn Swift, 2.5-6-Feet
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- Super Smooth Finish by Fine Sanding
- Tabletop style
- Made of solid wood
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But I am married to the world's best knitter!
And she's so much more than a knitter; for a while now, my wife has been turning Alpaca fleece into roving, spinning that roving into yarn, than using her knitty-knotty to turn the yarn into a hank.
But when it was time to turn a home-made (or store-bought) hank into a ball of yarn for knitting, my qualified and highly skilled (!) arms and hands were needed.
Any husband that was enlisted to hold apart a hank, and moving it just right while the wife balled up the yarn, can probably relate to my experience and feelings.
So for Christmas, I wanted to give her (and subsequently, my tired arms ...) the gift of a swift, so she could ball up her hanks of yarn whenever she needed to, even when neither myself nor any of the kids were around to lend a helping hand (or both arms...).
She had previously pointed out two different styles of swifts to me: a complicated looking "umbrella" style, and this rather simple looking design.
Going with the "KISS" (keep it simple, stupid) approach, I decided to go wit this style.
And I am glad I did!
As it turns out, my wife loves the Tabletop Amish Style Wooden Yarn Swift I got her for Christmas.
The swift is easy and fast to put together.
She is using it on the table top together with a mechanical ball winder and I can only admire how well it works and how fast it is (especially compared with me holding the hank ...).
The pegs can be inserted into different holes, accommodating hanks of different length, so her home-made yarn and store-bought yarn can both be used with this swift.Read more ›
The pegs are loose, but still work. A couple wraps of scrap yarn around the bases of the pegs will hold them more securely, as will a bit of beeswax if your climate is temperate. The pegs are slightly tapered at both ends, so perhaps buying dowels and making new pegs without the taper would correct the loose peg problem.
The wood is of nice quality, strait and without knots. My swift has no finish, but was nicely sanded at one point. The humidity changes during shipping must have caused the wood grain to open and raise up a bit. This roughness snags fine yarns, especially silks. I'm going to have to sand this and give it a proper finish of some sort before I use it for any nice yarn.
The rotating arms are in direct contact with the base, and rub with each rotation. I'm going to add a large bead or washer to function as a bearing to help minimize friction and wear.
There are numbers stamped into the wood by each hole on one arm, indicating the diameter of skein usable with each set of holes. These numbers are small, and fairly discrete, but could annoy medieval reenactors using this as an affordable substitute for the Oseberg Swift. The numbers are stamped about 1mm deep, and would require vigorous sanding to remove. There are also three lines of text stamped into the base, including the line "Made in China."
I am considering buying a second one for a friend.
For those unhappy about the 62" maximum diameter, there is room on the arms to drill another set of holes. Depending on where you drill, you can get a max diameter of around 67". Of course, if you have access to woodworking tools, you could just make your own swift.
I recycle yarn from old sweaters, dye yarn, and spin. This swift is perfect for my needs. It has held up to bulky weight at 72 inches with no problem. The swift is completely collapsible so it takes up very little storage room in my already too small apartment.
Great product! Don't waste your money n a more expensive swift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this yarn swift. I saw it in action through a Youtube video and decided this would be perfect for me. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Morgaine0317
This is a high-quality easy to use yarns with. It is much easier and more portable than the tree style swifts. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Crunchycloth
Works great! I no longer have to sit with my arms out while my girlfriend hand-winds her infinite number of yarn balls. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Christopher Long
This is very large but I like that it folds up nice into the box it came in and it is adjustable. Great buy!Published 28 days ago by Xxev75
I love this swift. It works great. I put it together in 3 seconds and then wound up 6 skeins on my ball winder and wound 1 skein by hand. Stores in a long flat box. Read morePublished 29 days ago by J. Olk
Worked perfectly as described. Takes up less space because you can easily take it apart and put it together. Infinitely better than an umbrella swift.Published 1 month ago by Stephanie
I wish I had known about this amazing wonderful simple knitting tool a long time ago! I knit with lace weight yarns and I finally purchased this as it took so much time to wind... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marilyn