None too swift
Monday May 21st 2007, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Knit

(Gee, how did we do visual puns before the ‘Net? And how many non-knitters are going, Huh?)

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Ah, yes. The “home-made” swift.

Comment by Amanda1 05.21.07 @ 5:05 pm

My type. I likes me my round balls of yarn, you know, the “retro” look.

Comment by AlisonH 05.21.07 @ 5:58 pm

Likey the yarn! My swift at the moment is my knees.

Comment by Kathleen 05.21.07 @ 6:59 pm

Oh. My. Gosh. How much laceweight IS that?!

Oh, and visual puns before the ‘net: ‘Guess ya had to be there.’

It’s a gorgeous color, though – what’s the fiber content? That lovely sheen!!

Comment by Miss Knotty 05.21.07 @ 7:59 pm

1800 yards of fingering weight baby alpaca, and it does have a bit of a sheen to it, although some of that’s the camera; some of the new baby alpaca/silk blends out there really do have just gorgeous sheens. This one, meantime, isn’t a ball of yarn, it’s a planet.

Comment by AlisonH 05.21.07 @ 8:33 pm

and now for the….huh?

Comment by Adrian 05.25.07 @ 5:55 am

Lol! Adrian, a swift is a contraption that unfolds to open like an umbrella; you put your hank (meaning a giant loop) of yarn on it, attach the yarn end to a ball winder, and crank away on the ball winder while the swift spins around. It winds the yarn up into a ball that is round on the sides but flat at top and bottom. It’s much faster than balling the yarn by hand, but it puts a slight tension on the strand that I prefer not to have, because it can slightly stretch it out. Not enough for most people to notice or care, and it is faster to do.

Comment by AlisonH 05.25.07 @ 11:38 am

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