Sunday, January 22, 2006

New Toys

I bought a new toy the other day that is going to save me lots of time... yes, I now own a swift (and will be buying a ball winder today)! Look at it, basking in the morning sunlight!



The swift is what I really need with Sunshine Yarns picking up more and more speed each week. After the yarn is dry, I re-skein the yarn with a Niddy Noddy in order to more accurately represent what the yarn will look like knit up. Here is Costa Rica in its original state, and after being re-skeined.




As most of you can figure out, certain companies re-skein their yarn, and some don't. For example, Lorna's Laces does not re-skein, but Koigu does. The swift is going to replace the two chairs I've been using all this time (and will save me about 10 minutes on each skein.. that's hours of work a week!). So, you ask, why did I not get a swift sooner?! Well, I tried out the wooden kind and that just did not work well at all (too much tension). I just assumed that the metal would be just as bad. Owell, I learned my lesson. Here are all the pretty new skeins I did in about an hour and a half yesterday morning!



So, what's next?! Well, today I am going to bring home a ball winder... and then in a few weeks I might be getting a very high-tech meter reader! You'll have to wait to see what that is going to be used for :)

24 Comments:

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Oh, it looks so yummy in the sunshine...

 
At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

Your yarn is so beautiful and soft. I am knitting some socks with amazon and am in love with the way this yarn feels. Can't wait to get more! Where did you purchase the swift?

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger Ashley said...

Oh my gosh, Dani, I can't believe you were doing all that skeining without a swift! This is definitely a good business investment :)

(hey, I wonder if you can write it off on your taxes?)

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Laura.Y said...

The swift is defintely a good idea then. And the yarns and the colors....yummilicious! :D

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger pleutim said...

Gorgeous yarn as always. And good to know about the wooden swift. I've passed up metal ones because I'm too busy dreaming about a wooden one. Maybe I'll give metal a second look.

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger alltangledup said...

I've never given this much thought, but I really like it when the yarn has been reskeined. It's the little details that really make the difference to me.

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger Lolly said...

I did not know that about the reskeining - thanks for the little tidbit! Your new yarns are so beautiful!! glad you got the swift that works well for it too ;)

 
At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Bron said...

Like Lolly, I didn't know about reskeining - thanks for the lesson. :) Such beautiful yarn - how wonderful that you're doing so well with it!

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Dani said...

the only thing that comes to mind is ummmmmmmmmm that yarn is YUMMY! I cant wait to finish the socks I am working on (LATE bday goft for a friend LOL) so I can start my gryff striped socks and then figure out which Dani yarn I want next!!

Good for you on the swift, that's extra time you can be creating more gorgeous stuff for us to ohhh and ahhh over!

 
At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I didn't know about re-skeining either. Cool. Definitely get the cheap plastic winder, too. I made the mistake of buying a wooden one that doesn't work half as well as the little plastic one. Thank goodness I didn't make the same mistake with the swift! In this case, plastic and cheap are better. :)

Kerstin
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At 1:11 PM, Anonymous katie said...

Have fun with the swift--it sure looks like it'll make your work easier! I do the chair thing still myself, but then I am only winding balls as fast as I can knit.

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger amysue said...

One of these days I'll get a swift and ball winder-it would make life much easier.

In the meantime, getting a closer look at your Costa Rica colorway made me want some-I'll keep my eyes open on the shop site.

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger Scoutj said...

Dang! Look at all of that yummy yarn!

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Kimberli said...

Great info about the reskeining!
Mmmmm... I'm saving my yarn $$...stash busting...but I've got your yarn on the to buy list when the yarn diet is done!!

 
At 11:12 PM, Anonymous anne (kniterati) said...

i'm drooling over all the purty yarn! i got a ballwinder and swift for christmas this year and i LOVE them. there is nothing i love more than knitting from a cute little yarn cake.

 
At 11:58 PM, Anonymous andrea said...

yay knitting toys! i love them, sigh.

your yarn colors are so bring and gorgeous ;)

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Thea said...

I just took a photo of my yarn swtftly getting tangled on my chair. It's always those last few yards... The yarns look beautiful as always, still loving amazon. Must come up with a non sock project for it. Glad to hear SY is doing well and pickiing up speed each week, you deserve the success!

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger claudia said...

How's that superwash order coming...

;-)

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Marvelous. You do such great color combos and I really can't believe you didn't have a swift before now. What will you do with all that free time? Knit? Or dye?

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous colleen said...

A Ball winder and a swift were the purchases that convinced me that I was a serious knitter. I love mine to death.

 
At 4:32 PM, Anonymous anmiryam said...

A definite business expense for tax reporting! The yarn looks lovely just waiting there. Wish I could come and just scoop it all up!

 
At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Kathy said...

Your yarn is beautiful! I didn't know that about the re-skeining. I still don't have a swift/ball winder, but am going to get one soon -- I spend HOURS the other night winding and de-tangling lace weight.

 
At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Lee Anne said...

Ooo...I have to admit I love my swift and ball winder...don't know what I would do without them. Love the new yarns too! Beautiful colors!!!!!!

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

love those colors!

 

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