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jcis27
« on: March 17, 2004 07:36:01 AM »

*hey guys*

i had read about making a center pull ball with a toilet ball roll... but last night, i needed a ball, but alas, there was no toilet ball roll to be had... so i used my knitting needle, is this weird?  i wound the yarn in my fingers, back and forth 15 times, then slid it off and held it against the needle, then proceeded to wind.  it came out really good, and i could turn it as i went along and once i was finished and tucked in my loose end, it slid right off the needle and the bottom closed up.  i think i've found my new method!!!

has anybody else done this before or am i just wicked smart???
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2004 09:51:59 AM »

That's really odd, I never hear of that before!  I use the method in SNB to create center pull balls, but I found out that winding it around my hand instead of the little folded figure 8 that you make in the beginning creates a looser ball and thus the yarn is not stretched.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2004 05:59:11 AM »

I couldn't make my center pull ball work. Sad
Any other way to get this to work? I don't like chasing my yarn.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2004 08:08:37 AM »

You don't really need any special equipment to make a center pull. I wrap the yarn around my finger 9-10 times to make a 1/2 inch tall wad, then slip it off and continue wrapping to make a ball.

To make sure that it turns out, make sure that your inner ball is rolled very loosely. Also, in the beginning, always wrap your yarn over and crosswise to the existing threads, not 'in' the valleys of the yarn ball. The last thing to remember is to never cross your (center) exit thread.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2004 09:58:44 AM »


To make sure that it turns out, make sure that your inner ball is rolled very loosely.

That's very true.  The first one I made was so tight that it bounced like a rubber ball when I dropped it on the ground.  Plus, I couldn't even pull the center out and was afraid that the yarn would break in doing so.
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jcis27
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2004 11:09:16 AM »

oh, you know what's bunk?  i had a skein, the type where you can see the end of the thread on the outside, and supposidly, you're supposed to be able to find the other end inside of the skein... ideally, you find the other end inside the skein and then use that end as a center pull.  so i spent forever trying to fish out the hidden end and, i swear, it was impossible.  i think it's a conspiracy.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2004 05:13:27 PM »

I always make mine around knitting needles.  I just start winding around it.  and it also helps since there will always be a little room in the middle for the yarn to start.
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2004 05:17:46 PM »

oh, you know what's bunk?  i had a skein, the type where you can see the end of the thread on the outside, and supposidly, you're supposed to be able to find the other end inside of the skein... ideally, you find the other end inside the skein and then use that end as a center pull.  so i spent forever trying to fish out the hidden end and, i swear, it was impossible.  i think it's a conspiracy.

haha. maybe you just have really really really evil yarn?
i have two skeins right now and i had no trouble finding the center pull...
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jcis27
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2004 03:39:56 PM »

*DAMN YOU YARN!!!*
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Jazzybelle
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2004 04:46:25 PM »

Yeah, I start every backstrap weaving project by making my balls around the front dowel and sliding it off.
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