If you asked me what my favorite piece of Schacht equipment is, I’d have a tough time deciding. However, if I had to choose what my most used, most versatile and most helpful piece of equipment in my studio is, it would be my Ultra Umbrella Swift!
As a hand-spinner, I am able to easily wind from my freshly plied bobbin into a skein. Wash the skein, then when it’s dry, pop it back onto my swift, wind it into a ball and work with it! The advantage to the Ultra Umbrella Swift with a rotation counter is that I can quickly and easily measure my yardage.
As a weaver and a knitter, some of my favorite yarns come from the shop as a skein. I don’t want to spend my precious time hand winding a ball trying not to get my skein into a tangle. After a skein or two, my wife’s arms get tired from holding them up while I wind. Some skeins that I order are huge, and many other commercial umbrella swifts don’t have a large enough capacity to hold the larger skeins.
My space is precious in my studio, and the Ultra doesn’t take up much more space than a traditional swift. The convenience and flexibility to easily position the Ultra in a horizontal to vertical position, increases it’s options. The adjustable clamp which adjusts to many different kinds of table tops, opens up the possibilities of where I can set up my swift.
There are so many more reasons to love my swift, many of which can be found in the following video!
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