Cherry Yarn Swift on Stand

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Project by RogerM posted 11-06-2011 09:57 PM 2690 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is an avid knitter and this piece was her 2010 Christmas present. It was made of cherry wood and has 8 “spokes.” This one was made based on a similar one in a local knit shop. It is used to hold skeins of yarn so that a skein of yarn can be wound into a ball of yarn which is preferred by most knitters. The assembly expands to fit almost any size of skein and turns on a central axel. Most swifts are portable and are designed to be fastened on to a table or counter top. This one is mounted on a cherry wood stand with a segmented octagonal top. There are four heavy legs on this stand with an octagonal pedestal to provide weight and stability when it is used. The center axel is a standard aluminum tube that slips over a solid round aluminum rod which can be found in most hardware stores. The spokes are fastened to the shown spindles by bare 12 gauge copper wire and are loosely fastened to each other on the extremities by waxed saddle thread (I am told that waxed dental floss would work also). This piece is finished with linseed oil and varnish.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 12:12 AM

looking good :-)
hope it brought so much joy to her … that there will be a tool presént for you this year .. :-)


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#2 posted 11-08-2011 02:59 AM

Beautiful work. nice

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#3 posted 11-30-2011 10:32 PM

That looks like a very challenging ?Did you replicate it from a nother unit.

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#4 posted 12-01-2011 12:43 AM

Randolph – My wife works in a yarn shop which had a similar swift made by someone up in New England. I had also seen several other type on the internet. I am told that the Shaker’s used some of these which is one of the reasons I made mine of Cherry. So far it has worked well. Thanks for the comment.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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