After my post about my new motorized base for my ball winder, there were some questions/discussion in the comments about swifts.
I did a post about swifts a few years ago (wow, 7 years ago!), when I had just acquired a Beka swift.
And a Beka swift was recommended in one comment. But after using my Beka swift a few times, I became disenchanted with it. I found that often the skein of yarn being wound would ride up on the swift while in the process of winding, and as it rode up it had the tendency to tangle. Not cool. Of course your mileage may vary and it did not happen with every yarn, but it happened to me often enough to cause me to consider my Beka swift unusable.
My go-to swift, the best one I’ve ever used, is a Strauch floor swift. This swift also comes in a table model, and in a convertible model that you can switch between floor and table, but the only one I’ve used is the floor model.
(Bonus shot of Loki there.) I looked at the price tag of this swift. I’ve had mine for quite a long time and it was a lot cheaper back then!
I use this swift for all my yarn winding needs and it has never let me down. With the umbrella portion collapsed it takes up very little floor space.
Speaking of swifts . . .
Have any of you watched the new tv series Atlantis that recently aired on BBC America? In one episode the gang go to see Daedalus for help. Daedalus (played rather comically by Robert Lindsay) was characterized as being an odd, quirky inventor with all sorts of contraptions in his workshop. One of the contraptions in his workshop was a wooden swift, apparently supposed to be some mysterious device, as it was slowly turning on its own. Heh.
Still knitting along on the Nordic scarf:
Loki is still adorable:
And I am indeed collecting his loose fur acquired during our grooming sessions. It seems to be definitely spin-able!