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BlackResonance
« on: August 06, 2008 03:06:45 PM »

Can someone tell me how I can avoid this Huh



It started as a circle. I carefully found and clipped off the 3 strands of waste yarn holding it together and found two ends of yarn, both of which were entangled to begin with around the whole loop so I just picked the one that was less tangled. They were also both on the inside. Can someone explain WHY it's so difficult for a company to make a freaking ball of yarn?!? Angry And what exactly I'm doing wrong? This isn't the first time this has happened and of course I'm anal enough to sit there for hours on end and reroll it into a proper ball. The last one I had this problem with had 3 ends of yarn...3?
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2008 05:00:59 PM »

Yarn often comes in hanks, which is that it looks like you have.  The easiest way to wind a hank is with a yarn swift and ball winder.  Since you don't have either of those, you're going to want a parent, SO, or slave friend to hold the hank for you before cut the strands holding it together.  It should be a big oval, so make sure that all of the yarn is going the right way.  If you don't have a friend, you can use any number of things, a stack of books, a spinny chair, get creative.  Cut the strands, then find an end and wind a ball from that, going around and around.  That way, it won't tangle.  Cutting it and just going is what causes that nasty tangle.

And, to deal with that, you're just going to have to be patient.  Sad  Unfortunately, there's no easy way to take care of that.  If you buy your yarn from an LYS, many have a swift and ballwinder that you can use for free.  They'll even show you how to use it.  If you buy it online, some individuals who dye yarn are willing to wind it into a ball for you.

I wish you good luck and plenty of patience!  That looks like it's going to take a bit.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2008 05:25:52 PM »

Good news is I'm almost done with it, but there seems to be a lot of little tiny nots. It's a boucle. I didn't have anyone around to help me at the time, but it just doesn't make sense to me, if there is an end of yarn wouldn't you just wind from that? And why do you need to wind? Why isn't it made into a ball, roll, skein, etc already?

Since this is either the second or third time this has happened I have vowed never to buy good yarn again. Guess I'll just stick to the Red Heart crap...Honestly it seems like such a waste of time if you have to do something the yarn company should have already done. Why not just leave it in a big heap in the store...seems practically the same to me.

Thanks for the help though.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008 05:31:53 PM »

Hanks are easier to ship.  A hank will fit into a bubble mailer, while a ball won't fit as well.  Don't give up on the good stuff!  Plenty of "nicer" yarns are already in balls, Debbie Bliss yarns come to mind.  And check out your LYS, you can get the hanked stuff there and wind it into a ball at the shop. 

Glad to hear that you're almost done though Smiley

ETA: When yarn is dyed, particularly natural fibers (as opposed to acrylic which isn't dyed, it just is that color), they are dyed in huge huge hanks, think 80+ feet in circumference.  Its easier (read: cheaper) to wind it into 100 gram hanks and sell it that way than to wind it into hanks then roll it into balls.
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2008 09:32:08 PM »

Oh, I totally feel for you right now.  On more than one occasion, I've sat down to quickly turn a hank into a ball, end up pulling the wrong string or something (who knows?!?), and then have an entire afternoon project at hand.  It's especially frustrating if you had just finished turning a hank of the EXACT SAME YARN into a ball in 15 minutes with no problems!

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2008 08:47:38 AM »

a yarn swift & ball winder in action.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2008 06:12:01 AM »

Yeah, it went in the trash. The last bit was so severely knotted. It was mostly a mohair yarn with the rest being wool silk and nylon...it got all frazzeled from rolling it into a ball (even if I had something to wind it, it would still have ruined the yarn), never mind the parts that were undoable, it just looked like a big fuzz ball. I just don't see yarn that comes in a hank as being very efficient. Also those are, from what I've seen, the more expensive yarns so I don't see any cost issue with them having to be shipped because they're making more than enough selling them.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2008 09:34:25 AM »

Oh mohair is notorious for tangling easily. But if you stick it in the freezer, it unsticks better. Next time, you might try trading the yarn with someone else rather than throwing it away. And that's just how the more expensive yarns are put up. It's not so much the ease in shipping as they're mostly found in yarn stores, but to show off the color/texture better and some people feel leaving it in a hank is easier on the yarn, doesn't stretch it out.
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2008 11:41:15 AM »

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

Besides that cotton crochet thread that comes on a cardboard spool, is there any other lighterweight (less than 4ply) 100% cotton, or wool that comes in a skein?
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2008 02:34:49 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.
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