Saturday, September 12, 2009

"There's a lock on top"

After owning my tabletop swift for a year now and still having problems on how to use it, it kinda figures that my non-knitting bf figured it out before me.

There's a lock on top, he said. And little locks on the bottom.

What he meant was that knobby thing that screws down in the middle of the swift. I had always thought it was a decorative knob and had no idea it served a function.

What used to take me at least 30 minutes to 4.5 hours (in extreme cases) to wind a ball has now been shaved down to 8 minutes. Patience...


Journeying Five said...

what a patient girl you must be to keep preserving! you might need to knit your friend something as a thank you!

betty said...

Don't feel so bad -- it took me a while also to realize that the finial on top turned to lock the swift at a certain diameter!

Jess said...

I'm making something with Misti Alpaca right now as well... it's so soft!
Thanks for adding me to your blogroll!

Skittl1321 said...

Tools are so useful when you can finally get them to work right!

My husband made me my swift, and it is a bit tempermental, but it still speeds up the winding process a lot for me!