Yarn Swift for Mothers Day

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Project by IkeandBerry posted 05-09-2010 05:02 PM 3087 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is becoming a pretty serious knitter and had to keep borrowing a swift from a friend of ours to turn the hanks of yarn into balls. I decided to surprise her and make her one for mothers day. I plan on making her a ball winder as well, but I ran out of time.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a hand plane passing across a board in an otherwise quiet shop.

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 05:37 PM

Great looking Swift.
It’ll mean ten times more to her being home made.
And, if that is her handiwork in the back ground, she sure is a good knitter!

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 05:36 PM

Very nice, a simple and very functional design. I want to make my wife one also and have been looking for something along these lines. Can I as how long it took to make?

-- Upstate South Carolina Woodworker

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#3 posted 12-13-2010 01:28 AM

It only took about three hours total and that includes milling all of the materials. I used rough poplar stock and milled all of the lumber down to dimension. I really did not work from a plan and it turned out a lot better than I expected being my first attempt at making one of these. I would also recommend putting clear rubber rings around the ends of the dowels that hold the yarn. They will prevent it from falling off while it is turning. I am in process of making a ball winder to go with this. Let me know if you have any other questions.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a hand plane passing across a board in an otherwise quiet shop.

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