The Knit Picks Onyx Swift. Save Time Winding Hanks of Yarn into Balls!

We are always looking for ways to save time, aren’t we?
I found an awesome tool that has no rubber on it, and in a few quick minutes you can have your yarn wound into readily usable balls from those intimidating hanks!

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     We are always looking for ways to save time, aren’t we? If you have a latex allergy, everything seems to take longer. For instance, cooking from scratch every day is time consuming. So, you look for ways to save time with other things you do. When I knit or crochet and I get yarn in hanks, I always look at winding them into balls as a daunting task. It’s either find someone to help who is willing to hold their arms up at certain tension until you get the yarn wound up into a ball; or if you can’t find a willing soul or you are living by yourself, sometimes you try the method of putting the hank over the back of a chair or a wash basket but ultimately the yarn gets bound into knots before you are through and you either waste some of the yarn or take an hour to unknot it. All of it takes a lot of time.


I found an awesome tool that has no rubber on it, does not use any rubber bands or masking tape to hold it together for storage and in a few quick minutes you can have your yarn wound into readily usable balls or cakes if you use a ball winder. It’s the Yarn Swift!



 It comes in two colors, natural and Onyx. I personally love the onyx because it makes the yarn colors pop while I am winding them. It is made with birch wood and is laminated in the black color. It comes with a plastic reusable netting for storage. It is durable and has metal screws and a plastic stopper at the end to prevent scratches when you clamp it to your table for stability.




It is really easy to use. You just clamp it to the table or surface that is no thicker than 1 ½ inches. You open the hank of yarn, put it on the swift, push up on the lower center of the swift until it opens and the yarn stays on its own a tension so it won’t fall off and tighten the center screw. Here is a link to my video how I use it. I hope it helps. Once you clip the strands of string holding the hank together and find the ends of the yarn, you can wind away. It is so quiet and spins as fast as you can wind. I like to wind a bunch of hanks into balls at the same time so they are ready when I want to knit. You won’t believe how much time it saves!

I never look at those hanks of yarn as a project of their own to be wound into useable balls. The Knit Picks Onyx Yarn Swift has solved that problem by saving me time, it is fun to use and it also did not cause any latex reactions when I used it. There are no rubber or coated parts. The quality of this tool is outstanding and will last for years and probably generations. It is a fun tool to use and if you have a ball winder, you will really save a lot of time. Get those hanks turned into balls of readily usable yarn so when you have time to knit, crochet or weave, you can get right to it. Have a ball! 

Author: D Green

I am an RN who has had anaphylaxis to latex for 20 years. This has changed my life and the plans I had for me and my family. Since latex in the environment is not able to be seen, latex avoidance is difficult to achieve. Anaphylactic reactions occur if I eat it, breathe it or touch it. I have missed all major life events of my family including graduations, concerts, weddings and funerals. I have not been able to work in the profession of nursing, and subsequently living at poverty level income has resulted because of this disabling allergy. I hope to help those allergic to latex and their families understand the importance of latex avoidance for survival and to help ease the stress of living with this life threatening allergy.

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