Memoir

DIY Yarn Swift Success

I mentioned in my previous post that I have been on a mission to make a yarn swift like the one I found on Instructables.com, which uses a collapsible wine rack and a lazy Susan.

Like this one:

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After a trip to the flea market, hardware store, and a final stop at Marshalls this week, we have a working, spinning yarn swift! And all for about $15 (plus a little for tax).

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YAY!

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Without any adjustments, the wine rack wasn’t big enough to hold a 2-yard long skein, which many of my stashed skeins are. So, with some fiddling, Danny and I discovered that if we undid a few pegs and extended four of the short “arms,” a 2-yard skein fits perfectly.

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The best feature about our swift is its versatility. It can accommodate a wide range of skein lengths. The orange clamps that you see help keep the small hinged arms in place. I can unclasp them to adjust the angles of the arms and the body of the wine rack can compress to allow it to shrink further for very small skeins.

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Since the lazy Susan we found has a cork surface, the rack is currently being held in place with four thumb tacks. Once I properly test the swift a few times with my ball winder, which I ordered from Joann’s using a gift card (YES!), then we will try and hammer in some nails to make some sturdier adjustments.

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Look at that baby spin!

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