Frog in knots

Knitting, knots and frogging.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Bezzie would be proud

What do you get if you cross a wooden coat rack and a string dispenser?

A cheap-ass swift of course!

I was fortunate to receive a gift voucher for Get Knitted for my birthday and I had intended to put it towards a real swift, but my Mum happened to see the coat rack and suggested that it might do the same job if it was attached to a lazy susan or something similar. Necessity Val being the mother of invention after all! So the cheap-ass version was born.

It's not quite as long as I'd like when stretched out, but it does the job more or less. I've also seen plastic versions of the coat rack in Tesco recently if anyone else fancies making one. The string dispenser came from a craft fair and the two pieces cost me £4.50 as opposed to the £40 a real swift would have cost, leaving me to spend the gift voucher on other things...

Excellent transactions all round I think you'll agree!

32 Comments:

At 11:01 am, Blogger Zonda said...

Yes she will be! Hehe..great invention there! Gorgeous yarn too!

 
At 11:07 am, Blogger Bezzie said...

Hee hee! Very impressive!! Definately worth forgoing the "real" thing huh? :-)

 
At 11:25 am, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Very clever! And it can even hang on the wall after in disguise as an actual coat rack. Be we know what it really is. ;)

Beautiful Handmaiden.

 
At 12:03 pm, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

Excellent transactions indeed! enjoy the new lovely yarn!

 
At 12:07 pm, Blogger Mary-Lou said...

Very clever ... I have a wine rack that works like that, and since it's usually empty, I feel it may just be going to be put to better use!

 
At 12:56 pm, Blogger Jacqui said...

OMG that is scathingly brilliant! I usually use the back of a chair, but it doesn't work all that well.

 
At 1:02 pm, Blogger Bonnie said...

That's pure genius!

 
At 4:40 pm, Blogger cpurl17 said...

Clever girl! A stroke of genius there.

and the new yarn is gorgeous colorway!

 
At 7:44 pm, Blogger Mandella said...

What a great idea. I bet it works better than the back-to-back dining chairs I use.

 
At 10:51 pm, Blogger donnac1968 said...

Well, who'd have thought of that?

Lovely yarn!

 
At 2:10 am, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

That's brilliant! And look at the yummy yarn you got too!

 
At 7:38 am, Blogger kathryn said...

I love those sort of Heath Robinson devices! They give such a sense of achievement.

I love the colour of your Lace Silk and look forward to seeing what it turns into:)

 
At 9:34 am, Blogger Lah Lah said...

Inspired!

Well done to you and your Mum on this one.

Brilliant!

 
At 7:42 pm, Blogger modelwidow said...

What a good idea, especially if it means you can have some of that gorgeous Handmaiden instead.

 
At 10:47 pm, Blogger Stefaneener said...

Aren't you clever -- and from good stock, obviously. Wise investment of the leftover.

 
At 5:41 pm, Blogger Batty said...

That's awesome!

 
At 4:08 pm, Blogger Sarah said...

Very clever. And the savings were worth it!

 
At 8:53 pm, Blogger Daisy said...

What a cool idea! And I love the colour of that yarn too...

 
At 9:36 pm, Anonymous Knittypants said...

Wise decision, that Handmaiden is gorgeous!

 
At 11:15 am, Blogger Pamela said...

Awesome idea!! Love the yarn, it's gorgeous.

 
At 1:15 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Good move. Your swift does the job and the Handmaiden yarn is delicious looking!

 
At 2:46 pm, Blogger Cerridwen said...

Awsome idea. Now we're all wondering why we didn't think of it...

 
At 10:33 am, Anonymous egeria said...

You're so smart!! It's awesome!

And the yarn...scrumptious!

 
At 4:40 pm, Blogger Fiona said...

That's a bloody great idea. I am so impressed! I've been putting off a few projects because of skein winding. This is genius!

 
At 1:00 pm, Blogger Lindsey said...

Oooh, that's the rack I use for my hats. I don't have a string dispenser but kitchen towel holder would do the trick. Must sear this idea into my brain cells for the next hank I need to wind.

You and your mum are so clever.

 
At 1:43 am, Blogger Bad Amy said...

Brilliant swift!

 
At 11:07 pm, Blogger rmily said...

Oo, droolworthy yummies..

 
At 2:56 pm, Blogger Tusa said...

Great tip. Will be visiting Tesco soon! Hope your studies are going well.

 
At 9:40 pm, Blogger I'm busy knitting said...

so cool, I could do that, thanks for the tip
Vicki

 
At 7:15 pm, Blogger Judy B said...

Thanks for the ingenious idea. Love your projects.

 
At 1:29 am, Anonymous Daryl said...

Loved all the pictures on all the great things on crafts and thought them were very great.

 
At 1:15 pm, Blogger CannyCat said...

That is such an exellent idea!!

Hope you're enjoying France :o)

 

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