I got an early birthday gift yesterday from my wonderful husband, who somehow got me EXACTLY what I wanted! (Okay I told him what to get. But isn’t it sweet that he listened?)
It is a yarn swift. For those reading this who don’t knit…honestly just skip this post because it’s all going to be geeking out over my new yarn swift, as I hinted in the title. But, if you’re still interested, a yarn swift pairs with a ball winder to wind up hanks or skeins of yarn into ready-to-knit balls. You don’t need to have a yarn swift, but it’s really, really nice to have. And this is a really, really, really nice one to have – actually it’s gorgeous.
This is how it arrived, in its own carrying case. I was practically peeing myself in excitement at this point. Handcrafted wood. Ooo woo! The maker of this thing of beauty is called Mama Bear, and you can find them here.
The first ball I wound was a gorgeous bit of handspun merino spun by my friend rora.
I also wound this beautiful new Malabrigo Bolita Azul #80, which is my favorite color of all time.
The swift was very easy to set up, and easy to use also. It spun nicely! And it’s adjustable, so you can use it with all sorts of yarn.
I already had a ball winder, as you can see in the photo above. Previously I made my husband stand with his hands outstretched to be my human yarn swift. This was much better. (Though not as handsome.)