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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
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« 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.
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« 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.
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