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  • snowsim commented on scoochmaroo's instructable Hand Wind a Ball of Yarn7 weeks ago
    Hand Wind a Ball of Yarn

    I've used this method dozens of times & it all works perfectly (even if you do the initial figure eight the opposite way or too little—I'm switching to this way now!) A couple of points to emphasize:- Start with the big loop of yarn placed around something it can't too easily slip off of, as it will get tangled up in the centre as the process goes on. I use my knees if I'm sitting legs up, or more recently, a lap desk (half up on one side, the other under below), but I think there might be an instructable for a Tinkertoy/K'nnex yarn swift here somewhere.- You might have trouble starting the wind but just shake the yarn lightly & it should come loose from its neighbouring strands. I admit I've sometimes given up & switched to the other end.- Stay loose. You don't want t...

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    I've used this method dozens of times & it all works perfectly (even if you do the initial figure eight the opposite way or too little—I'm switching to this way now!) A couple of points to emphasize:- Start with the big loop of yarn placed around something it can't too easily slip off of, as it will get tangled up in the centre as the process goes on. I use my knees if I'm sitting legs up, or more recently, a lap desk (half up on one side, the other under below), but I think there might be an instructable for a Tinkertoy/K'nnex yarn swift here somewhere.- You might have trouble starting the wind but just shake the yarn lightly & it should come loose from its neighbouring strands. I admit I've sometimes given up & switched to the other end.- Stay loose. You don't want to pull too hard & stretch the yarn. This is especially important if you're not going to use the yarn immediately. - Some yarns are just too slippery. I've had fussy, slick, or glitzy yarn, usually ribbons, that just won't stay in a ball. Immediately after winding, I keep it in a separate baggie (I use larger baggies for projects) so it can be contained with just the one working strand allowed out through a hole.

    Sorry, that tip should have attached to the end, not the introduction, but I can't fix it myself. Also, I forgot to add the paper-towel trick: wrap the tricky, slippery yarn around an empty paper-towel core. You can then knit from a stand-alone paper-towel holder.

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