I should be packing, but instead I got out the Tinkertoys this morning and built a somewhat more robust Japanese-style vertical swift. (Instructions for making the swift are here.)
This works very nicely! Â It is made from about twenty 3/8″ O-rings and a 104-piece Fiddlestix set that I bought on Amazon for about $25. Â I’m not going to go into details on the construction because it’s fairly obvious – get the set and play with it! Â It’s not hard to do and I made mine in less than twenty minutes. Â (The O-rings are to help keep the wheel and the orange yarn-holding extensions in place.) Â It’s shown holding a 1.5-yard skein, and isn’t at full extension yet, so you could put a larger skein on it and still be OK. Â And, of course, it could easily hold an even bigger skein if you used long dowels in place of the red arms.
I’m totally psyched about this swift. Â It’s lightweight, durable enough to use (likely quite durable if glued!), easy to assemble, and more adjustable than the Goko swift sold by Schacht. Â Not to mention cheaper! Â The Schacht swift is $130 and this one can be built for only $30 ($25 for the toys and $5 for two 10-packs of o-rings). Â I’m going to do a Â few more experiments (and possibly glue down some of the pieces for greater durability), but I really think I’ve found my Perfect Swift. Â I’ve been winding off the 140/2 yellow skein shown in the picture, and it works like a dream. Â Hooray!
(I may post a video later if I can convince Mike to do the videotaping.)
Meanwhile, I’m starting to get serious about moving. Â The movers are arriving in just two weeks – time to start packing in earnest! Â Fortunately the the delicate equipment like the swifts, the Thermofax, the sewing machine, etc. have already been carefully toted over to the new place, unpacked, and put away. Â Equally fortunately, my yarn stash is already in boxes, so doesn’t need to be packed. Â But of course the books, the miscellaneous weaving tools, and oh yes, the rest of the house – need a lot of attention. Â I don’t expect to get a whole lot more fiber stuff done before the move, though I might sneak another skein or two into the dyepots. Â There is a lot of prosaic work to be done, unfortunately, and I have a hard deadline in two weeks.