Meet The Ultra Umbrella Swift

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!

-Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets)–so he’s a great mix of data and creativity–all wonderful traits as a member of our sales team. You’ll often hear his friendly voice on the phone and you’ve probably noticed his name pop up in many places: Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube. Ben is our digital media manager–the main reason you’ve seen more activity on our Blog, Facebook, Ravelry, and Pinterest. To see what’s happening, click on the links below.

Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets.) His work can be seen in Handwoven, Spin-Off and the SIP Easy Weaving With Little Looms.