New Toy/Tool on the Way

I’ve had this Strauch yarn winder for several years now and really, really wanted the swift they made. But it seems they are out of business and it’s no longer available. Drat!

This is what I wanted. I’m sick of that aluminum/plastic thingy that keeps snagging my yarn when I’m winding off of it and I’ve been looking online for a couple of years to find something I like and can afford and fell in love with one made by Schacht but didn’t want to invest that much money.

Well, I was showing my husband what I wanted and he said, “Merry Christmas.” My jaw dropped. This puppy is $297.00 + shipping! I’ve ordered it from The Yarn Barn in Kansas. I’m in shock. And every time I think about him telling me to order it I want to cry! It just seemed like so much money when we had other things that we need to get done around the house.

I like that the Schacht model pivots on it’s side like the cheap aluminum thingy I’ve been using for decades. It seems to put less stress on fine yarn when I’m winding it into a cake than when it’s upright like in the photo.

Eventually I’ll have a built-in countertop where that plastic table is in the photo above. I need something sturdier when I sit down at my sewing machine or serger and I also need a better surface to clamp the winder and swift down to use them.

So much has been going on for the two of us. Tempur Pedic beds on the way, a portable gas powered generator on the way and a bigger whole house generator will be here as soon as the electrician gets what he’s already ordered. Our local propane supplier will come out and help us decide where to put the tank when the time comes and, good news, we only need a 250 gallon tank instead of a 500 gallon tank! Yay! The portable generator will be here the first week of November and we’ll pick it up at our local Home Depot.

Now we can see about cleaning the garage out a bit more and make room for a freezer so we can stock up on meat. I might as well go ahead and buy a vacuum sealer for what we put in the freezer, too. Cabela’s has a heavy duty one and I have enough points on my Cabela’s card that all it will cost me is the drive to Allen. They may have more than one model to choose from!

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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