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simplethings
01-18-2007, 06:17 AM
i wound my first center pull ball last night! :happydance:

all my thanks and appreciation go to knittinghelp.com of course. without the awesome video i would've thought i could ball up the hank w/o the back of a chair or wrapped around my knees and just figure i could leave it on the ground. and twenty minutes later i would have a tangled mess that i'd have to cut into smaller pieces to untangle... and then i would have probably wrapped the smaller pieces around water bottles... all while swearing and fighting back the tears. :wall:

... that's what happened last time.

this time i went from this:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/123/352151530_3a653768cc.jpg


to this:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/127/361421077_dc87a6f7d7.jpg

my first center pull ball! aside from my thumb turning blue it was a very satisfying and easy process all thanks to amy. :cheering:

... now i just have to figure out what to make with it. :??

niffer
01-18-2007, 06:23 AM
Oooh - congratulations.

I have several "balls" of yarn that would benefit from this treatment - I just haven't been brave enough yet.

:wall:

Maybe I should do that today!

mehlika
01-18-2007, 06:52 AM
I use an empty effervescent tablets tube, something like 7" or 8", I put the end of the yarn between the tube and the cap so I can catch it later, I wrap the yarn around the tube and when it becomes a ball, I take the tube from the middle of the ball and there I have a center pull ball, the important thing to do is to wound a little tight but not as much as to kill the softness of the yarn :hug:

Yarnlady
01-18-2007, 08:10 AM
I use an empty effervescent tablets tube, something like 7" or 8"An empty TP tube works well, too, as does a subscription medicine bottle. :happydance:

PurpleMittens
01-18-2007, 02:53 PM
I thought the video made it really easy too. I got a couple hanks of malabrigo and even though I am too afraid to make anything with them yet, I did wind them into ball just so I could touch thema lot!

madametj
01-18-2007, 03:06 PM
:cheering: Congratulations!

as for your thumb turning blue, i've found using a cardboard tube (http://www.craftzine.com/blog/archive/2006/11/how_to_wind_a_centerpull_ball.html) much easier (but a smaller tube is even better)

madametj
01-18-2007, 03:12 PM
:cheering: Congratulations!

as for your thumb turning blue, i've found using a cardboard tube (http://www.craftzine.com/blog/archive/2006/11/how_to_wind_a_centerpull_ball.html) much easier (but a smaller tube is even better)

oops, wrong link. sorry: http://www.flickr.com/groups/knitting/discuss/72157594364884186/

simplethings
01-18-2007, 07:16 PM
wow, thanks. i'll definitly be trying items that aren't my thumb next time. =)

any reccomendations for items to use instead of a swift? for the ball in the picture i just put the yarn around my knees. it was fine at first but started putting some strain on my back towards the end.
i hear chair backs are good, but, most of my chairs are very narrow and the loop of yarn would probably just rest on the seat.

mehlika
01-19-2007, 05:34 AM
you may try your feet, they move better than your knees (never tried it myself, mom likes to help me winding) :hug: