Given all the sweaters I unravel, I really needed a yarn swift. The expanding metal ones left me cold, as did the wooden ones. All I could picture was them collapsing in the middle of the job, leaving a tangled mess of yarn.
A friend of mine, George, is a carpenter, so I approached him about making a swift for me. My specs were that I had to be able to wind two-yard skeins and that I had to be able to use it both horizontally and vertically.
Last weekend I picked up George's masterpiece. Here it is set up horizontally.
This is my model for this photoshoot, a lovely lavender sweater of silk, angora, and nylon.
The first thing you do is attach the end of the yarn to one of the pegs.
This is my preferred unraveling position: fabric clamped between my knees so that I can pull the yarn alternating between my left and right hand ... like a maniac.
As I wind the yarn on, if I come to an end, I just tie on a new end, being sure to leave a noticeable tail to make it easier to spot when I'm knitting.
And if I come across, say, a cashmere sweater that fits me ... that baby's coming home with me!