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BlackResonance
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2008 06:13:14 PM »

Peaches n' Creme and Sugar n' Creme cotton are both 100% cotton and are in balls.  KP Wool of the Andes comes in a ball, 100% wool, as does their Essential (100% Superwash wool) and Palette (100% wool) sock yarn.  There are tons of yarns that come in a ball/skein.  Check out Debbie Bliss yarns, Knit Picks, Elann.com.  Not all of them are in balls, but many are.

Thanks Smiley I'll definitely check those out.
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soozeq
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2008 07:10:43 PM »

So instead it can stretch by rolling it into a ball? It seems like the yarn would get ruined either way. I just see no point in it being in a hank Undecided   

It depends on how long it's rolled up in a ball and how tightly it's wound. It's recommended that you roll up a hank just before you use it, not leave it balled up for a long period of time.

I bought some balled up yarn at the thrift store once and they seemed really hard to me so I rewound them. They came out much larger because they'd been stretched really tight in the first winding. The feeling by the manufacturers is that even a loosely wound skeing might be too much. <shrug> Most yarns are elastic enough that it shouldn't matter, but that's one reason.  Another may be as cited, that you can squish more hanks into a box going to the local yarn store than you can skeins.
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2008 03:57:04 AM »

oh i sympathise so much, my lovely skein of bfl laceweight managed to totally tangle itself , all 420 yards of it....took about 6 hours over 2 days to undo it, all in tiny balls, i spit spliced it all together and its now half a shawl so far (spit splicing is BRILLIANT but only works on pure wools)

never try to knit straight from the skein / hank / loop though, its not worth it and it WILL get tangled (how many times have i tried to do this and its ended in wool vomit?? Tongue Tongue Grin), always best to take the extra bit of time and use whatever method suits to wind it into a ball first!

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BlackResonance
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2008 11:13:29 AM »

wool vomit

Hahaha!! That saying makes me feel a bit better about the whole situation!  Cheesy

What is spit splicing?
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« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2008 11:17:36 AM »

What is spit splicing?

The less sanitary version of the felted join. Smiley
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ThreadOrYarn
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2008 11:25:33 AM »

never try to knit straight from the skein / hank / loop though,

I haven't tried to, but the 3rd picture down here - she seems ok with it. (although from reading the rest of the blog, every one else in the room was about to have a nervous breakdown!  Grin )

The only 'good' tip I have on winding hanks to balls is to have some way to keep the hank open - as soon as it falls together, it tangles.
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lovefrozenstars
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2008 02:07:58 PM »

When I buy my yarn from my lys, they wind it into nice center pull balls for me.   Smiley (<3lys)
When I don't have someone to hold my yarn for me, I usually put it around my knees while I sit and roll it.  I gives you control over it, and keeps it from getting tangled.
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BlackResonance
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2008 08:10:35 AM »

never try to knit straight from the skein / hank / loop though,

I haven't tried to, but the 3rd picture down here - she seems ok with it. (although from reading the rest of the blog, every one else in the room was about to have a nervous breakdown!  Grin )

That's what I tried to do but for some reason the yarn ends were both on the inside, as opposed to the starting end of yarn being on the inside and the end of yarn after it was wrapped in a hank being on the outside. I wonder how they managed that one...
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soozeq
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2008 09:30:31 AM »

Keep an tail hanging outside when you wrap it. There's a video that shows how to wind a center pull ball here toward the bottom of the page - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips
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BlackResonance
« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2008 10:19:04 AM »

Keep an tail hanging outside when you wrap it. There's a video that shows how to wind a center pull ball here toward the bottom of the page - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips

That's how I always wind something up. But when I'm starting the hank itself for some reason this one I was recently trying to detangle and others I've tried to redo, the yarn ends were both on the inside. They weren't my doing, I bought them like that.
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