(Oh, if only it were always true...) This time luck did happen, and I’ve found a 3rd Yarn Swift – shortly after acquiring the first 2 lovelies. Here is yet another adjustable arm swift; table clamp style. Old, dirty and neglected, it sorely wanted a good clean & polish.
The Before: showing ages of grungy dirt.
The After: Cleaned with Murphy’s Oil Soap, polished with Howards Feed ‘n Wax to preserve the wear & tear of time. The cherished “patina” of lovingly used old wood…
The reassembled Table Clamp Yarn Swift. The top cup (for resting a yarn ball while winding?) also appears on my other old swift:
The cup at top is also a screw knob that tightens down to keep the sliding arms in position to hold a skein of yarn. Each of the arms uprights screw into place, though I’m unsure why they aren’t simply glued in the single available hole.
I have deep affection and reverence for antiques. Beyond this, the Yarn Swift is a practical tool which compliments my old spinning wheels for transforming wool into yarn.
When antiques are well-cared for, we are only their companions. Eventually they will be passed on to live with future generations.
Excerpt: “Antiques are handmade, unique, durable, interactive objects of art. Owning an antique is an uniquely personal experience. When a piece is yours, you can touch it and live with it; you are forging a relationship with history.”