Winder and swift in action

This morning I mended my swift. It required hemp twine, pva glue and a piece of a wooden coffee stirrer (courtesy of First Great Western Trains). The stirrer acts as a splint and the twine secures the pieces together with the help of the glue. I also reinforced two old repairs with glue and twine, so I’m hoping that it’s fairly robust now:

Splint in place and  the beginnings of the repair

Splint in place and the beginnings of the repair

All mended

All mended

And so this is what the complete set-up looks like, with a hank on the swift and some of the yarn transferred onto the winder:

The complete set up

The complete set up

And, by special request, here it is in action (excuse the wobbles):

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  1. Linda Winn

     /  May 11, 2014

    Ingenious!

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  2. Or Mr SOH’s arms and winding by hand!

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  3. I love my swift and winder! It makes me want to wind everything, even my store-bought, & traded skeins of yarn. ^_^

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  4. (claps in delight) Thank you!

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  5. Fantastic! I was foiled in my attempts to buy second-hand today…I need a new ignition switch for my little Corolla, but the salvage yard is closed. *sigh* I shall try again tomorrow! I’m so glad your repairs have been successful!

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  6. I love it when old technology works brilliantly. Pity the ball winder had to be plastic – I could envisage some lovely cast iron object with a long crank, bit like a meat grinder…

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  7. just managed to get a used one myself… thanks for reminding me about it 🙂

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  8. Looks like you’ve done a great job. Well done.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • Well, it’s still in one piece…I think I need to find a suitable box in which to store it safely. I’m really pleased with this combination and how efficiently they work together.
      xxx rotating hugs xxx

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  9. When I think of the hours I had to endure, arms out, and sitting very still, so my Mum, or Nan, or Great-Nan, could wind up skeins of yarn, I could scream! Lol

    You’ve really had a wonderful find there, and your repair was ingenious, Jan! 🙂

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  10. It is great. I want it! 😀

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  11. “Perfick” as Delboy would have said. And you were able to put it out into the ether and let the universe deliver. I have found that the more I give away, the more “available” things tend to be when I actually need them. My fully enclosed veggie garden bed only has 2 large beds in it because that’s what we initially built but now that I have MUCH more room inside I need to build more raised beds and that costs money that we just don’t have at the moment (who am I kidding…probably won’t have EVER! 😉 ) so that’s where you put things out to the universe and this time the universe delivered me 5 trailer loads of spent aged horse manure and straw and a promise of a trailer load a month and the eternal gratitude of a local horse owner thrown in for good measure. “Ask and you shall receive” never a truer word was spoken but I get the feeling that you have to be generous as well to make this equation truly work to the greatest advantage for all

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    • I’m getting much better at giving things away… I just seem to have lots of ‘stuff’ around that no one needs… obviously I need some different friends to pass it all on to!

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      • Do you have Freecycle in the U.K.? I have given lots of stuff away via Freecycle 🙂 You could also use your equivalent of Craig’s list, we have Gumtree here where you can list things for free

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        • Yes we have Freecycle… I’ve got rid of a few things that way, but never seem to be able to find things I need… although I do keep looking (ever hopeful)

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  12. Ann Owen

     /  May 13, 2014

    That’s a proper bit of old magic, that! Like Kate said, shame the winder is plastic, otherwise it would have been very steam punk and with the right old tune, the video might have gone viral!! Thanks Jan, well done.

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