Swiftly winding away

I’ve resisted buying a swift and ball winder for a long time. I usually have my yarn wound at my local yarn store, a skein at a time. (Fear of commitment? wouldn’t want to wind them all, in case they don’t cooperate with my vision for them.) But when my Aunt Rose visited this summer, she insisted on buying both of these for me. And I have to say, I’ve used them a lot this week!


Since CollegeDude2 is off to university on the other side of the country, I thought I’d use his room as a knitting studio. His futon bed has converted into a comfortable sofa, and his desk is now my desk, which doubles as a winding station. (There’s a lot more clearing out to do, but half of the room is now mine.)


Lorajean at Knitted Wit had a brainstorm for a project: She asked me to design a toddler vest to go in a kit with her yarn. Check out the cute colors! And the swift and winder turned them into this.


The first vest is done; here’s a sneak peek at the edging. Full reveal after I get some cute action shots!


So thanks to Aunt Rose for the great tools, to Lorajean for the opportunity to come up with something fun, and to CollegeDude2 for the use of his room! I’m getting a lot more done now that I have this cool corner office in the house. What’s inspiring you these days?

15 responses to “Swiftly winding away

  1. I still don’t have a swift (although I really want one), but I was giddy with glee when my mom mentioned that she had an ball-winder kicking around and donated it to me. Saves sooooo much time and effort. Every knitter should have one.

    Can’t wait to see the finished vest! Looks like it going to be adorable.

  2. I find myself knitting a lot more since I have a swift and winder. They make life so much easier.
    Kids clothes are such fun! That looks great!

  3. Congrats on the knitting room! And enjoy your new toys….Best inventions since sliced bread.

  4. You are just NOW getting a ball winder and swift??? I can’t imagine not having mine! What if you need to cast on a project at 2am and the yarn is still in the skein? Heavens! That looks like a darling vest, btw. I look forward to the action shots. Inspiration? Right now, just a glimpse at cooler weather – today may have been 100 degrees, but it’ll be 60 on Thursday! Time to break out the knits. FINALLY!

  5. I, too, went for YEARS without having a swift to go with the ball winder I had bought at least 20 years ago (maybe more). But I finally took the plunge & bought a swift @ Portland’s Sock Summit, this summer. My main reason for not buying one had always been that I didn’t have any place to leave it; I still don’t, but the one I got came in its own little cloth bag which hangs on one of the pegs in my room (along with my nightie & robe) & whenever I need it, I just set it up!! (It also goes together really easily.) Thanks to the Oregon Woodworkers’ Association which was selling these swifts @ the Sock Summit!!

  6. The vest looks adorable! Love the colors 🙂

  7. I don’t know what I’d do without my swift and winder now I’ve got them. Funny how some things that we do without for ages quickly become indispensible. How great to be getting your own craft room too!

  8. For about 2 years I’d either have the shop wind for me or borrow a swift and winder. Hub insisted he get me the set last year and I love it!
    I have similar plans for my kids bedroom when they leave for college. Four years and counting!

  9. A knitting studio?! JEALOUS! 🙂 And I love those colors — can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  10. I love the surprise of GREY in a baby garment. It makes it less precious and so much more COOL!

  11. I don’t have a ball winder, but I couldn’t live without a swift! What a nice aunt!

  12. I firmly believe in having my own ball winder and swift! That’s awesome of your aunt! AND i love that you converted your son’s room into your ‘Knitting Room’ 🙂

  13. wow I can’t believe a knitter like you lived so long without a swift! i can see how it’s convenient to get it done at the shop the way you have but what if you ran out of a yarn in the middle of night? Oh the horrors!

    Those colours are darling. What fun!

  14. I can’t wait to see how the vest turns out!!