When I'm about to start a knitting project, I always make sure that I can pull the yarn out of the centre of the skein. If this is not possible, either because the yarn is in a big jumbled mess, is in hanks, or I just can't find the centre, then I find any end I can and make a centre pull ball of yarn.
I think it's useful to have a centre pull ball because then the ball stays put when you're using it, instead of bouncing around. It also helps prevent tangles.
My mom taught me this easy method that only requires one supply other than the yarn. and I think it's the easiest method that I have seen.
Step 1: Supplies
- The yarn you want to wind
- A small bottle with a lid
I like to use these small medicine bottles. A bottle long and thin is ideal. I've also used hotel soap bottles.
Step 2: Start the Ball
Step 3: Start Wrapping
I like to wrap around a couple times, then start wrapping over the bottom.
Step 4: Continue Wrapping
Simple pull the bottle a little ways out of the ball and continue wrapping.
Step 5: Finishing Wrapping
Step 6: Finishing Up
Step 7: All Done!
I imagine you can apply the same principles to string or anything else that can be wound. And of course, if you crochet or do any other craft with yarn or string, I'm sure this is just as useful - I just tend to knit.
I hope this Instructable helps you out a bit and helps end tangled, jumpy yarn problems. :)