piranha: red origami crane (Default)
[personal profile] piranha
if you were following my twitter yesterday, you already know all about this, because i couldn't shut up, i was too thrilled.

yes, i am easily thrilled. :)

i've lusted after a swift for a while because they're just enormously handy. the paramour refused to step in as the human version, i was getting tired of using the chair method, and the lovely umbrella swifts one sees in local yarn stores are way expensive.

i was feeling inventive last night, and didn't want to google (just for the challenge). the paramour was perfectly happy contributing superior kludge-meistery. a cardboard box, 4 toilet paper tubes, a former dogleash swivel clip, a cup hook, some polypropylene rope, and some practical math -- and a while later we had our first prototype:

it hangs from the ceiling, because there is no free horizontal space where i could place a tabletop model. the bridle keeps it surprisingly stable; i had expected to put a counterweight underneath the box, but its not needed. a slight resist in the swivel also (serendipitously) keeps just the right tension for the ballwinder.

i've since googled, and it looks like nothing else out there, *snicker* (though i don't think it is any worse than the "lazy susan with coat hangers and duct tape" model). we've also had some other ideas on how to make cheap swifts, but i think this is the most stable model of the lot.

today i am building prototype II with movable pegs so it can accommodate different size hanks.

on 2009-10-18 05:23 (UTC)
domtheknight: espresso machine brewing into little white mugs (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] domtheknight
Your home-built option looks awesome! I'm excited to see the next version. (I sprang for one of the umbrella ones because the chair was a pain and I live alone. It was worth it, so far.)

on 2009-10-18 06:18 (UTC)
sara: S (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] sara

Mother's got a swift and a ball winder, so I send my yarn out to be wound. *g*

on 2009-10-18 06:29 (UTC)
benedict: The hamster is saying bollocks. It is a scornful hamster (sad batman and robin)
Posted by [personal profile] benedict
Took me waaay too long to figure that out.

on 2009-10-18 06:46 (UTC)
synecdochic: torso of a man wearing jeans, hands bound with belt (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] synecdochic
Sheer genius. :)

on 2009-10-18 13:51 (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] matthewdaly
Don't belittle your talents with words like "kludge-meistery". You are freaking MacGuyver here. You owe the world an Instructable.


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