So, talking about stuff. Here's one more piece of vital equipment:
This is a swift. It's the partner of the niddy noddies I introduced a while back. I use a niddy noddy to make a skein. I use a swift to hold a skein for me while I unwind it. Usually I unwind a skein to make a ball of yarn. And, yes, there is a special piece of equipment to help me wind a ball of yarn. Not so imaginatively named as the niddy noddy or the swift, though. It's simply called a ball winder.
A swift has two exciting features
- it holds the skein while I wind the ball of yarn. That sounds basic enough, but this is the alternative when I was away on holidays and didn't have a swift with me: . . . skein draped across the back of a chair--I didn't feel brave enough to commandeer two chairs in the coffee shop. I'm only half-way through winding and it's getting tangled already.
- The four arms are variable in length, so it will work for lots of different length skeins. It takes anything from my smallest to largest skein. That's handy, given the limitations on how much stuff I can reasonably store.