Just before Christmas, I gave up on the swift I bought from JoAnn.com a while back. The very first time I used it, the wooden piece that holds up the umbrella part cracked when I tightened the screw. Within the three uses, it broke completely in half.
I went to the web in search of an alternative, and I bought this from The Knit Store:
The Large Oak Swift is easy to assemble, easy to use, and easy to disassemble for storage. I used it to wind up two skeins of Sasquatch Sock just as soon as I got it out of the box. Lovely, lovely, lovely.