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Yarn swift and ball winder in action

I’ve unboxed and tried out one of my early birthday presents – a yarn swift and ball winder sent from the United States. Believe it or not, I’ve been balling up yarn the old-fashioned way for years, and I recently thought it was high time I joined the 20th century (give me more time to shamble fully in to the 21st).

For the uninitiated, a yarn swift is a wooden (sometimes metal) gadget that holds an open skein of yarn, allowing it to spin and be wound into a ball, as you undoubtedly have guessed, with a ball winder. It’s by no means modern, but it is a real boon to yarnies everywhere.

The yarn swift may just look like a bunch of colorful popsicle sticks strung together, but don’t be fooled. It’s a brilliant gadget that saves oodles of time turning twisted skeins into useable balls of yarn.

The video below shows it in action.

VIDEO: Yarn swift getting a slow start. I pick up the speed later, not to worry.

Thanks for checking in! I’ll post later with some news about an old project.

One thought on “Yarn swift and ball winder in action

  1. It actually looks like a whole lot of fun but sadly I rarely by skeins, usually balls, otherwise I’d invest in one. I have a patient hubby who on the rare occasion is happy to sit opposite me with hands a foot apart, holding a skein whilst I unwind yarn into a ball. He had no idea what was happening the first time I asked him to ‘just hold this awhile, will you’ !!!

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