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« on: August 10, 2012 09:25:29 AM »

I'm just wondering what everyone's preference is. So when you buy some new yarn do you wind it into a ball? Or do you just work directly from the skein? I always just work from the skein. I don't have a ball winder, and I'm entirely too lazy to do it by hand. I have also started pulling from the outside, instead of the inside of the skein. I know that makes the skein roll around constantly, but I HATE when the inside body is gone and you get this limp noodle of yarn :/

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012 10:49:14 AM »

it kind of depends on the yarn and how big the skien is.  i definately don't ball up the big one pound skeins.  smaller ones i usually ball up.  but if i don't i usually pull from the outside as well.  too many times i've started pulling from the middle just to enounter a huge knot that takes forever to undo.  yarn i've spun myself i always ball up. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2012 01:51:10 PM »

I work from the skein. I usually tote my wip's with me, and when the skein collapses I fold it up and put it in a quart size storage bag.

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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2012 06:24:26 PM »

I work from skeins by preference and pull it from the middle. While I'm working, I put my skein or occasional ball (I get yarn from thrift stores as balls) inside a big glass candy jar like this one. I just view yarn-barf as par for the course Tongue

« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2012 06:27:48 AM »

I usually pull from the middle of the skein. I'm too impatient to sit and wind it up by hand; I want to get started on whatever project I'm working on. When it gets to the limp noodle stage, if it isn't attatched to a project, sometimes I'll sit and wind it up into a ball.

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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2012 08:16:02 AM »

Well, I'm technically a knitter, but this topic keeps catching my eye. Tongue I like to work from balls, the first few projects I did I worked from the skein & it frustrated me so, so, so much to encounter knots or tangles that got in my way of working on my project. So for me, I prefer to take the time to wind them into a ball to get past all of those tangles before they stop me in the middle of a project.

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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2012 06:49:10 PM »

I start from the skein, but as the skein starts to shrink, sometimes it collapses on itself and gets tangled.  At that point, I'll take a few minutes to unwind and ball the remaining yarn.
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2012 09:21:33 AM »

So, if you wind it into a ball, do you pull from the center or outside? Do you still get the yucky collapsible yarn mess if you pull from the middle of the ball?

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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2012 09:47:52 AM »

So, if you wind it into a ball, do you pull from the center or outside? Do you still get the yucky collapsible yarn mess if you pull from the middle of the ball?

I know how to wind a center-pull ball, but I prefer to wind a normal ball & pull from the outside. Now that I think about it, if I were to wind a center-pull I'd want to rewind anything that is left over, so winding without the center-pull makes more sense to me for the way I like to work & store my yarn. And also, thinking about it, it would probably collapse from a center-pull, it's pretty much the same thing just a different shape, right? But I've never done a big center-pull ball, so who knows how it would work with a larger ball. lol

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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2012 01:23:57 AM »

So, if you wind it into a ball, do you pull from the center or outside? Do you still get the yucky collapsible yarn mess if you pull from the middle of the ball?

I pull from the outside.
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2012 12:29:07 PM »

I re-roll it into a ball. I can tell at a glance then, how much I have left. Also, rolling it into a ball is self-soothing for me. I hate working from inside the ball because I can't tell at a glance how much wool I have left. However, I have been using HUGE 400g balls which HAVE to be used from skein and from inside out. Normal double-knit, I always re-roll, though.
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2012 11:06:57 PM »

I always work from skein and pull from the outside.  The one time I remember pulling from the middle, it turned into a nasty tangle. I think the first time I picked up yarn I hand balled it.  Then I said screw this waste of time, lets get to the fun part. Once the skein collapses and threatens to get tangled I will ball it up.
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2012 07:40:32 AM »

I always pull from the outside too. I HATE when the inside collapses and you get a big mess of yarn. I did, however, just order a ball winder from Knit Picks so I'm going to wind a ball and try a center pull and see if that's more manageable than a big messy center pull skein. We shall see!

« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2012 09:40:28 AM »

I usually work from the skein by the outside. I hate the limpiness, and when I have an innocent victim near me I just get them to entertain themselves by unrolling the skein. Every once in a while, when I have small projects i.e. baby booties, I'll crochet/knit from both sides of the skein. I like to have the sizes of both booties as close as possible and like to compare the beginning chains to make sure they stay the same. Also I like the flexibility to work on two different things if one gets a bit too monotonous for me.
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2012 07:44:14 PM »

I have an electric ball-winder and a swift, which I bought after I had bought a bunch of skeins of yarn from ebay, and it makes things a whole lot easier.  I like the centre-pull balls that it makes; things get less tangled with centre-pull balls, especially when one is doing more than one colour at a time. I don't worry about whether I can see how much yarn is left in the ball, since generally I don't see the ball when I'm working anyway, as it's inside my project bag.
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2012 02:39:41 PM »

okay. I like to wind little specialty yarns into balls. I hate the mess and tangles I end up with if I dont. And I wind them from the outside.

Now when I have the big skeins I just use them as is and pull from the middle. I USUALLY dont have tangles or knots and I dont like my skein rolling around on me if I start from the outside. But when the skein collapses and starts to be "see through" I like to take the time to ball it up...

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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2012 02:13:44 PM »

I work from a skein, and pull from the middle.  Never really had any problems with knots.


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« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2012 01:25:41 PM »

Skein pulled from the inside. My daughter though will roll up whole skeins into balls. -_-
When I work from a ball it drives me crazy. I am thinking of buying her a winder for christmas, though I did just find an e-how on how to make a pull from the inside ball of yarn.

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« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2012 07:32:40 PM »

I just got a yarn ball winder from KnitPicks and I love it! I had gotten three hanks of yarn from a fiber arts convention last weekend and they had to be wound. I really wish I had a swift. I wish I could find a good inexpensive one.

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« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2012 12:17:18 PM »

95% of the time, I'll work from the skein and pull from the inside. If it's a big project that uses most of the skein, once it starts going all limp-noodle on me, I'll usually pull the rest of the yarn out and reroll it into a ball for the remainder of the project.

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« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2013 02:53:57 PM »

Always rewind into a ball. Hate the loose skeins that come from the store. Also, I've been buying budget wool from The Warehouse (400gm for $12NZ) and the wool is really bad, so it can either only be wound from the outside, or rewound into a giant ball. The wool is so bad that it is not one long string, there's all sorts of bits, then they shove random bits in the middle... But it's cheap!

But even with the little 100g balls, I re-roll. It's the only way I can eyeball how much wool I have left.
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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2013 01:43:20 PM »

I work from the skein, usually pulling from the middle but if I can't find the middle end I'll just pull from the outside. Sometimes when a skein gets small enough I'll ball it up but I'm usually just too lazy for that.  Undecided
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« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2013 05:26:54 PM »

I usually work from skein and pull from middle....unless... I can't find the start in the middle then I just use the yarn on the outside.

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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2013 11:43:50 AM »

I always pull from the middle of a skein. The "limp noodle of yarn" effect does get a little irritating sometimes, but it seems inefficient to spend all that time balling yarn. I've known people who will use a 2- or 3-liter soda bottle; they cut the bottom off and feed the yarn through the cap end, that way the skein doesn't get crushed when the center is gone.
I do ball up my yarn when it comes in a wad or a rope. It seems like the fancier the yarn you get, the more likely it is to get tangled when you're trying to convert it from packaged-for-sale to balled-for-use!
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