Any testimonials on brands to buy? (are there different brands for the winders? All I see on line is the blue one.) Is the average price about $35 for the winder and $50 for the swift? Any preferences for the wood over the plastic swift?
All input is appreciated!
I was just @ www.knitpicks.com and thought of your post. They have both items. I believe that the winder was $39.99 + the swift was $74.99. Neither is the one I have. I've had my swift since mid '80's. It's a combo of steel + orange plastic strips. No thing of beauty but it's adjustable/ clamps to the table/ collapses into a fairly flat thing that goes into it's own plastic case + most important...works. My winder holds the ball vertically. This one @ knitpicks looks as though it might hold a larger ball which would be nice. Mine will hold a 100g skein of ww wool...but not much more.
If you ( or anyone) are interested...there are directions to make your own swift on the internet. I've found 3 different ones so far...
I bought the "blue one", made by Royal, about 15 years ago. I have used it very very heavily. It is a workhorse. Even though it is plastic, if it is not abused it will be a great tool for you. I am a handspinner, but I rewind storebought yarns, just because it is faster to knit with a nice stable-bottomed center-pull ball. I highly reccommend the Royal.
Regards, Anne in Florida