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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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Product Information

Product Dimensions 29 x 5 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Item model number YW-3
ASIN B0067MMCD8
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4.7 out of 5 stars 221 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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This tabletop yarn swift is made of solid wood and finished by extra fine sanding (no toxic varnish fume). It is super smooth to the touch and will never snag yarn. It can be easily adjusted by moving pegs to hold various sizes of skeins between 2 1/2-6 ft. in circumference. The bottom has 4 non-slip pads so it does not move around on a table. The winder can be easily taken apart and stored away or carried around. It spins smoothly and makes yarn winding a fun job.

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No, I don't do needlework.

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.
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I dye and spin fibers/yarn. I've owned and used umbrella swifts. Very useful tools. Now I have space/transport issues. This little device serves several purposes: From skein to ball, drying microwaved twist setting (wind on and leave to dry)and for measuring yardage as it is wound on (revolution count. A dowel can be inserted into an inside hole and be used to wind yarn onto the swift. Add these features to the tiny box it fits in for storage and transport. I can't imagine a more practical tool for my needs. Tickled with it!
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This is a great product for the price, and it easily assembles & disassembles, however, the wooden pegs that the yarn twirls around feel a bit rickety when in use... I would suggest this swift for light, occasional, or hobby use. The yarn sometimes will fly up over the wooden pegs if you're winding a large skein onto the swift. To stop this from happening, I slid rectangular plastic tags for store-bought bread bags to the top of each wooden peg. The pros to this swift are that it is all wood, light weight, compact & sits evenly on the table. I would recommend this swift for those who work with yarn on a hobby level.
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This swift is acceptable and functional, and a decent value for the price.
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.
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Note: My swift (purchased March 2013) came with the 72in hole that some people complained was missing.

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.
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