Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Made a swift for my wife

Here's a photo of a swift I made for my wife last year at about this time. It's a pretty simple adjustable spindle for yarn. You wrap the yarn around it, and then you can unwind it onto a ball winder to make a nice ball of yarn.

The design I used is from here, and it was super easy to make. You just need to get a piece of hardwood. I think it's the first thing I've ever made where I sought out and bought a piece of hardwood. You only need one piece, it's not going to cost an arm and a leg.  

This freed me from standing around holding skeins of yarn. So really, making it was a form of self defense.

This design has the virtue of quickly coming apart for storage.

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