Does anyone else have a love-hate relationship with his/her swift?
This is my first swift:
I’ve had this swift for more years than I can remember and it has served me more or less well for all those many years. My main complaint is that yarn can get tangled in the little metal doo-hickeys on it.
And it’s sorta ugly too — blue plastic and metal. Eh.
A couple of years ago I bought this:
Much prettier, isn’t it? Too bad that it sucks at its job.
My problem with the wooden swift is that the damned thing will not turn easily. I’ve turned it for many many rotations without yarn on it in case it was a “running in” problem. I’ve waxed it. I’ve threatened it. The cursed thing just doesn’t want to turn. And the “umbrella” part of it has a tendency to collapse at inopportune moments, no matter how much I tighten the damned screw.
It’s been so useless that I went back to using the plastic/metal monstrosity. Until now.
Here’s my new swift:
This is a Beka swift, and it arrived last Friday. I purchased mine from The Woolery because I’ve always had excellent service from them. The swift is no doubt available elsewhere — just Google it!
I easily put it together in 5 minutes with no tools. The base has ball bearings in it, and it turns very smoothly. It also accommodates a large range of skein sizes. If you had a tiny skein, you could remove one of the side “poles” and slip your skein over just three of them. It sits on top of the table — no clamp needed. Here it is with a 72″ skein on it:
The only drawback I can see is that it does not collapse, so it takes up more space when you’re not using it. Still, for me the pros far outweigh the cons. Besides, when I take it off the table and put it on the floor, Lucy is intrigued. I think she thinks it is a kitty merry-go-round and is wondering when the little horses will get here so she can ride it.
I started the last sleeve. Hooray!
Answers to Questions
In answer to questions from the comments:
No, no, no, and no.
What? You need more info?
No, Koko is not wearing earrings in the photo I posted yesterday. Though the photo does look as though he might be.
No, Lucy is not allowed in the stash room. She likes to chew on plastic bags and the majority of my stash is stored in plastic bags.
No, I have not joined AARP yet. They haven’t sent me the letter yet. And it’s been six days since I’ve been eligible. What’s up with that? 😉
No, I’ve done no work on my log cabin blanket.