Ok. I admit it.. I really didn’ think my schedule through when promising a tutorial on the flower loom with videos and everything for this How to’s-day, so I need to table it for a week.. this is VBS week and things are a bit more crazy than I expected! Summer is the busy time of year around our house.. so I give you and oldie but goodie this week! I recently had someone use this little idea I thought up two and a half years ago (how can it be that long!!) and so I thought it was perfect to dredge up, make a little more easy to find; and share with anyone who missed it the first time around!! So without further ado.. how to make your own home made yarn swift!
Who wants to spend big bucks on a yarn swift? ME.. but I don’t have it! Not if I want some skeins of yarn to put on it that is! So I was trying my darndest to use my WONDERFUL yarn ball winder that I got from my birth Mother for Christmas and failing miserably! The yarn was getting tangled, the baby was getting into it, and I was STRESSED! I had to do something! I had to get the job done! But what could I do! Well my brain went into over time, I scanned Ebay but the swifts are few and far between, expensive and the bidding is furious! So that was a wash!
Then my eyes fell upon the objects in the house. What could I use? The back of a chair? NO. The legs of the chair? NO. What could I use.. Then I saw it! The holy grail! The object that would save me from my stress! A computer chair! Look at those spinning legs thought I. They look like they could work.
But what about the wheels? The yarn wouldn’t go round them, it got tangled in the. So I lost the wheels. Now what? I would have to find something to do for pegs! I didn’t have any dowels that we thick enough to fit in the holes left by the wheel pegs. UGH!
Then again my eyes fell upon the object of my desire! I spotted a crayola marker lying on the floor! Eureka! I grabbed it and it was a perfect fit!
Just stick those markers in the spots where the wheels normally go and voila! You have a swift! You can even adjust it by stitcking the markers in those triangular parts (if you have them) in the cross beams of the legs..
I can just see it now.. knitters carefully examining computer chairs for certain swift making attributes before they buy! (boy and we thought we just had to search for hand knit sock enhancing shoes!!)