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« on: March 12, 2008 08:15:57 AM »

So I want to try and make 2 socks at once on two circulars, but I really misjudged the center of the ball of yarn and now have one small ball and one large ball.   Cry

Short of buying one of these ridiculously expensive doodads, how can I figure out where the middle of a ball (or skein) of yarn is so I can make it into two smaller balls?
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008 11:01:59 AM »

If you've got a center-pull ball, you could take your yarn from the center for one of the socks and from the outside for the other.  I'm doing this right now for a project that requires 2 strands held together, because I didn't want to buy six skeins (3 colors x 2 skeins of each).

If you've got a skein that needs to be wound into a ball, then instead of winding one big ball from it, you could make two little balls.  Recruit a friend.  Each of you takes one end of the yarn and starts winding.  If you wind at about the same rate, voila - two balls of equal size - cut them apart and start knitting.  (Provided you don't get tangled in the winding process. Smiley )
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008 08:41:15 PM »

You can also weigh the ball, then start winding off it and making a new until you reach half of that weight.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008 06:41:28 AM »

Oh sure, gettin' all technical on us.  Wink

In the past I have just wound from either end of the hank into two balls roughly the same size.  I didn't have a friend to help me wind, or even one to hold the yarn, and I don't have a swift, so picture me on the couch with a hang wrapped around my feet, first winding one ball for a few loops, then the other, and figuring that they were freaking close enough, thanks, by the end.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2008 07:01:39 AM »

i desperately need to learn how to wind these center-pull balls... when i was doing only crochet i didn't mind breaking the yarn to wind more if one of the balls was smaller in the end, because i didn't have to weave in the ends, but with knitting...  Angry 
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2008 07:26:49 AM »

I actually wind it on my hand. I wrap one end on my thumb then start wrapping the rest one my hand diagonally one way then the other way like an X. It comes out like the ones already wound up.
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2008 10:24:41 AM »

I wind mine at the yarn store on their swift/ball winder setup.  That way you've got center pull and outside so you'll end in the middle.

I also have a little kitchen/postage scale.  I think it will weigh up to a pound, so it works for little 100g balls of sock yarn.  I weighed the whole thing, divided it in half and just kept the ball I was winding from on there and cut the yarn when I got to my halfway weight.  I got the scale at Goodwill for $0.50.  Sweet deal for something I actually use! 

Good luck w/ 2 socks at once!  I don't recommend doing your first Cat Bordhi sock pattern that way... that sort of burned me on the idea of 2 socks at once AND Cat Bordhi patterns for a while! 
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2008 05:59:31 PM »

Oh sure, gettin' all technical on us.  Wink

In the past I have just wound from either end of the hank into two balls roughly the same size.  I didn't have a friend to help me wind, or even one to hold the yarn, and I don't have a swift, so picture me on the couch with a hang wrapped around my feet, first winding one ball for a few loops, then the other, and figuring that they were freaking close enough, thanks, by the end.  Cheesy
You either don't have cats or locked them up in a room while doing that! I can just see my cats in that situation!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2008 06:05:34 PM »

i desperately need to learn how to wind these center-pull balls... when i was doing only crochet i didn't mind breaking the yarn to wind more if one of the balls was smaller in the end, because i didn't have to weave in the ends, but with knitting...  Angry 
I was so excited when I learned how to do this from some magazine eons ago ... take a toilet paper tube, thread the end of the yarn through that, then squeeze the tube and start wrapping around it. For smaller yarn I would cut the tube in half. Then when it is all wound, pull the tube out - and voila - you have a center pull ball of yarn!
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2008 06:25:04 AM »

Oh sure, gettin' all technical on us.  Wink

In the past I have just wound from either end of the hank into two balls roughly the same size.  I didn't have a friend to help me wind, or even one to hold the yarn, and I don't have a swift, so picture me on the couch with a hang wrapped around my feet, first winding one ball for a few loops, then the other, and figuring that they were freaking close enough, thanks, by the end.  Cheesy
You either don't have cats or locked them up in a room while doing that! I can just see my cats in that situation!!!!!

LOL!!  If you tried to do that with cats around, you'd have half a ball of yarn, all right... the other half would be tangled around the cats  Cheesy
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