I am interested in getting a swift, but since it is not the sort of thing you can amble into your local Zeller's and pick up, I might have to order it. Knit Picks has one at $62.50 -- wooden, 26.5" in diameter and 26" tall. Does anyone have any experience with this particular swift? Is it a good one?

They also have a ball winder which holds up to 100 grams for $39.99 Is that a standard size? Price?

FInally they have a Yarn MEter that gives you yardage as you wind your ball through it. Anyone have it?

I would be really interested in hearing opinions about these products, pro and con. It is hard to buy from a catalogue and know what you are getting. There is a picture of it here if you want to look. http://www.knitpicks.com/Knitting_Supplies.aspx?key=swift

Thank you very much. I appreciate any advice and comments.


BuduR's picture

the swift, check around ebay, I've seen some for decent prices, the ball winder 40 bucks is about right. but, the Yarn Meter LOL I had one that my room mate for me. just head on over to the local outdoor sports store, you can pick up a fishing line counter for 10 bucks or so, the rest i just wood that you can easily make, my roomie made 2 big eyelets out of metal and put them in the board as guides. I'll try to get a picture of it from the person I gave it to. But the counter they use is a fishing line counter and they are cheap and easy to get your hands on. Certainly not worth the 50 bucks they want for them in my opinion.

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albert's picture

I bought my swift at Joann.com for 49 dollars and am quiet pleased with it. It is made of hardwood and is very useful as well as being a nice quality piece of equipment.

TomH's picture

I've looked at the same swift on Knit Picks so would also be interested in comments regarding it.

Hey! There's a place in Stoney Creek, Ontario, that sells swifts, called Grand River yarns. They have a website, www.grandriveryarns.com. They have the listed on their website for $29.95, seems like a pretty good price to me.

BuduR's picture

that is a good price, thanks! I'll have to go check it out.

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