Monday, March 20, 2006

J'ai Deux Amours

Dear Wool Winder and Swift,

How did I ever live without you both? I am actually sort of glad that Mr. A sat on the birthday gift hint of the STR Sock Club until it was too late. So instead of more sock yarn, I asked for and got the two of you.

Each of you is a little marvel of ingenuity, but together! You impressed even my dad and Mr. A, who are rarely moved by anything related to fiber.

Thanks to you, no more tangled messes of, as Chrissy would say, yarn barf. Thanks to you, no more precious knitting time wasted winding balls by hand. Now, in just a few minutes I can have these neat little bundles of beauty.

You have eliminated the second yuckiest job in knitting, next to weaving in ends, and for that I love you so much I want to marry you. Sigh.



Blogger knitannie said...

I am SO getting me both of those two when I have more room (i.e. when we move to Australia)

12:45 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...


12:48 PM  
Blogger Mintyfresh said...

Welcome to the blissful world of a personal swift and winder!

1:03 PM  
Blogger christine said...

I SO agree. I absolutely am in love with mine, too. So much so, that sometimes I allow them both to be decorative items in our family room - on semipermanent display......
Is it your actual B'day now?

1:14 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Amen, Sistah.nfy

1:16 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Ok, that nfy at the end of my comment is because the cursor jumped back up when I was entering the word verification. Please do not spend any time trying to figure out what nfy stands for. ;o)

1:17 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

That's a cool swift. I haven't seen one like that before. I have the "umbrella" kind.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Alas, I only have a ball winder... no swift.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I can't tell you what a relief it is to know that I'm not the only girl having a love affair with her ball winder.

Where did you get the swift?

2:34 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

soooo jealous!!! I keep making gigantic knots out of my yarn. I keep scanning ebay for a deal on a ball winder and swift.

soooo jealous!

2:35 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

oooh, I'm so jealous! I'd love those two boys to come live at my house. Lucky girl!

2:42 PM  
Blogger --Deb said...

I managed without either for years, and then bought a swift and a nosti--much better, but still . . . eventually I caved and got a ball winder. I don't know what took me so long!

3:30 PM  
Blogger kris said...

that looks like mine! yarn winding is the best thing e-v-e-r. congrats!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Aren't they the most wonderful inventions! Watch out, or you'll have all your yarn wound into those little cakes before you know it.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Birthday? BirthdIay??? When was your birthday?? I am a jealous girl, although I know that if I were to buy a swift and a ball winder, it would just be an incentive to buy more yarn that I do not need! I think of my handwinding as a deterrent. :-)

4:53 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Happy happy birthday!!!!! Yes, I got a winder and swift for Christmas and wondered how I ever managed without them too. :) They are so very much fun!!

6:22 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Okay, first: If your ball winder and swift accept your proposal and you end up being a polygamist promise me you'll invite me to the wedding. 'cuz I gotta see that.

Second: I've had my ball winder since about a month after I learned to knit. I wouldn't be the knitter I am today without it ;o) Congrats on getting yours!

P.S. I just got my STR package...would 'neener neener' be a mean thing to say right now? ;o)

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

What a good husband -- the mark of an excellent gift is when the giver really doesn't get why it's so important, but gives it anyway.

And the phrase "yarn barf" makes me giggle.

6:43 PM  
Blogger janna said...

I loved my ball winder - then I got my swift. I don't know how I lived without it! I'm still amazed every time I use them together. nfy (Sonya started it!)

9:04 PM  
Blogger Ramona said...

I love your swift on a stand. I have to clamp mine on to the side of the table and it's never very steady.

9:26 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Laura!!! I'm so happy that you found your true love. ;-) Isn't it funny how serendipity came into play? STR would have been a very nice gift, but a ball winder and swift is a gift that keeps on giving. I recently broke down and ordered a winder (actually I did so at the dreadful prospect of having to hand wind 1200 yards of laceweight for the Sampler Stole, LOL!) and I love it! I'll live vicariously and admire your swift from afar. ;-) Hope you had a wonderful birthday celebration... big hugs to you!! Happy Birthday, Laura!!! :-)

12:28 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Happy birthday!!

Its ingenious, isn't it? Two simple machines... love it!

7:56 AM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Well, Happy Birthday!!! :)
What a wonderful hubby to buy a swift & ball winder. i love mine (even though I bought them for myself!). *grin* And STR sock club? Wahoo!

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Cordelia said...

Yay! I have the same swift, and I love it! You'll wonder how you ever lived without that miraculous combination of ball winder and swift.
Happy Belated Birthday!

7:52 PM  
Blogger jennifer said...

ooooooh, lucky girl! happy birthday!!

2:30 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Happy Birthday! I just got a swift to go with my ball winder for my b-day too!

7:14 PM  

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