Some of you - I am guessing non yarn folk - were mystified as to what a swift was or how you used it and I said that I would explain more in due course. I thought that the best way was to actually show you so I have filmed a short video to explain what it is, how it works, how you use it and why. Hopefully this will demystify the whole thing for you.
I am a great fan of these things. In the "olden days" you would coerce someone - often a husband or small child - to sit and hold the skein of yarn on their hands while you wound up your ball. With the use of a swift you can wind your yarn really quickly and on your own - with no complaining from anyone else!
So the reason for one of these things is speed and no complaining!! Hee hee!!
The other really good reason for buying and then winding yarn like this is that it gives you something called a centre - or center! - pull ball. That means that you can put your ball or cake of yarn down in a bowl, in a bag, on the floor or table and as you work the yarn will simply feed from the middle of the ball. It doesn't roll around or run off and escape under the chair. You don't have to tug on it as you want more yarn, it just flows naturally and easily. Also you don't end up with a collapsed ball of yarn that ties itself in knots, it just becomes smaller and smaller and never gets into a mess.
All very good reasons for using your yarn in this way.
This will explain more.
If you want more information I have added some links in the downbar of the video - or on you tube, my channel is here - to tell you where I got my swift and ball winder from and the yarn that I was winding in the video. You can also get this information in the Love Made My Home Ravelry Group - here.
I hope the whole process is much clearer for you now and that you found the video interesting! I am not planning a return to Podcasting at the moment, but I might do a few more short videos as they are easier for me to film and produce and it also means that I get to share techniques and tips and other information with you. So I hope you like them.
Thank you for watching, it would be lovely if you are a You Tube user if you could subscribe and then you will find the videos there and more information, or if you could give me a thumbs up on the video so that I know you like it!
p.s. I purchased the yarn, swift and ball winder myself. No compensation or sponsorship was received for this post. I made the cover myself.