How To Use Yarn Swift

Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd. I’m your host Mikey here at the helm and to show you how to operate a yarn swift yarn ball winder in combination to convert your height and yarn just like so so that it’s easy to use. You will also find yarn on the market place that’s in the massive retailers where you literally need to wind it up in order to be able to use it right away. So today I’m gonna show you how to set up your Yarn Swift. I have another video let me put a link right on the screen right now and this is how to operate this ball winder in order to get it started, but in today’s tutorial I’m gonna show you more about the swift and if you want to know how to set up the yarn ball winder as well as get some tips then you can go to that video right now. Just rolling up my sleeves as I get down and dirty into this particular project and what I have here is this is by Knit Picks and you will find that of the site available online if you’re looking for it and basically it looks like an umbrella but this is actually for holding your yarn for when you’re going to use it. And basically it just comes up in three different pieces. The two screws are outside of the package everything else comes complete as is. Now because it is wood you wanna do a little bit of extra caution when you’re going to tighten this up that I tend to use my whole wrist when I’m turning this. I just don’t get down like in the end like this because I’m just scared it’s gonna snap. It is really thick, it probably will not but I don’t wanna end up with a project or a product that I cannot use because I broke it. So essentially what it does is that you want to open it up like this and your yarn swift basically the yarn is gonna travel on the inside of this and when it’s working I’m just gonna this hold this piece here right now, and you can see it just free spins. And essentially you have no friction at all and what we wanna do is that we wanna set up our ball winder so that the yarn is gonna be put onto this thing and go right into the ball and we don’t even have to think twice about it. So here’s my tips for setting it up on the table now. Okay, the first step I wanna do is that I wanna mount it to the table. Now the yarn winder is gonna be in this direction. So I don’t wanna put it on to the table so that the clamp here is going off to the side. I wanna do it so that the clamp teeth just like so if the yarn ball winder is over here that I want the C shape this to be mounted to the table. So what I’ve done here is that I’ve got a placemat because this is in raw wood here and I have a wood table. I wanna protect the surface so all I’m just gonna do now is just put it on top of the placemat, and I’m gonna just go underneath just like so and basically I don’t have to be over tense with it this product project is really quite sturdy. I just wanna make sure it’s strong enough, so it’s not going to fall off the table. So the yarn swift is now over here, and I wanna put the yarn ball winder in this direction. So the C shape is on the outside of here and just like the ball winder here I don’t wanna come in through the front of me here. I wanna come on the outside so again it’s the C Shape of the clamping just like you see. So again I wanna protect my table, put down a place mat just like so and go down and just wind it up like so and now I got my whole configuration ready. Everything is good to go on this end and now it’s up to me to load up my yarn in order to make the yarn go from here to here so I can get a fabulous ball that looks like this. So I’m using another yarn that I found at the retail store and essentially I just wanna be a little bit tender when I’m going to open up the package. I’ve not opened up this before so I have no idea what I’m getting myself into but I wanna be a little conscientious of where all the strings are going because this particular one [chuckles]. It could be an it could be your worst nightmare. So let’s essentially take the packaging out of the equation oh my, I’m already getting nervous and starting to shake on camera and but voila the way that they have everything done. So it looked like a big heap when it was on the packaging but in actual fact you can clearly see that it is a big section and just like so. So now let’s take this and to convert it into a small little yarn ball in order to make it more usable for this. So let’s set up our swift next. So we’re now ready to load up your swift. The swift is clamped in you can see it just goes up and down like an umbrella, and then you have a clamping mechanism right here. I will tell you that this screw is very difficult on my particular um, swift in order to turn by hand I have been using vice grips. I’m not saying that you should do that because I don’t wanna be responsible for you breaking it but I’m unable to turn that naturally with my own hands in order to do it and I don’t wanna apply so much pressure that I’m gonna break it. So that’s just a little tip for you, so let’s get out our hank and we’re now ready to load. We’re not gonna cut any of the strings that are on the hank and seriously I just wanna put it over top of the swift like so and using my other hand, so I got it open and use my other hand I just wanna push up so that it opens up like an umbrella. And you see how I just kinda let that just slide into position and now we just wanna move up the clamping right there and we just wanna tighten it so that it just will not fall back down and so now we’re ready to wind this up in the ball winder but we have to take care of the hank first and start releasing the strings in order to do that next. Now on these hanks you will notice that there’s strings that are attaching it together, together. That’s what makes it a one piece when you go to open it up and on this particular one they have red which is the same color which is really difficult to see and essentially I’m just gonna look for it and just start snipping them. Now because it’s on the swift I can do that safely and I’m not worried about it. And usually that, those yarn pieces are tied around the ends. Okay, so you can see that there and so usually there’s two, sometimes three, sometimes four of those all the way around this particular piece just like so. So I’m just kinda feeling my way through. You can literally put your finger in between sections and when it runs into a tie then you know you’ve got one. Okay, so here is the tie and usually these ties that are actually tied right to the start and the last of the string. Like so. So I think that was, it had strings on both sides so I think this is the beginning and the end. So now I’m just gonna pull and just see what happens when I pull it all the way around. Will it continue to go or will I get stuck? In this case it did get stuck. So there’s probably something more there and this is one of those frustrating things that you, when if you had somebody working with you is that if they start moving around this yarn can get tangled really easily on its own and so you just wanna be a little bit mindful of that as well. So now that I’ve released that one okay, so we can safely assume that this is gonna go all the way around and so now we’re gonna go to the yarn ball or the yarn winder and start winding this up, so let’s do that next. We’re now completely ready to go from the swift now to the yarn ball winder and there are slower tutorials on how to load up one of these available, and we just wanna be a begin to start it. So this is a great way instead of wrapping it by hand from your swift you can just literally go like this and un, basically take the hank off. Now what I noticed also is that when I had other ones I’ve gone really fast on it, but what I find and the very end rotation of the swift is that sometimes the ties or the strings are tied and so basically they’re tied in a full circle and so you’ll essentially see that it will come to abrupt halt. So as I see the yarn coming down to the end I’m gonna slow down so that I don’t end up wrecking my swift and you can basically see here on that the ball is catching on and basically it’s just very mindless and very easy, and it’s a great way to be able to control your hanks as well. So you see it’s kind of fun. It’s actually a lot of fun. Who am I kidding I love this. [laughs] So we’re coming close to the end now and so I’m just gonna slow down my ball winder and in this case there are no extra ties at the end so basically you can just see it and its come off and everything that we have there’s a knot right at the end. We just grab our scissors cut it and that’s how you would do using a swift and a yarn ball together or yarn ball winder in order to create the perfect yarn ball just like you see so it’s a lot more organized and you know what you can start your project right away. Until next time I’m Mikey on behalf of 👋

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