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BunnyChick 08-06-2007 01:39 PM

Question: Skein to ball? Tight knitter too.
Howdy again, Nicole here, making headway on my sock and getting ready for my next project: dishcloths!

I bought a skein of linen yarn. I'm assuming it needs to be rolled into a ball before I start using it? Normally when I get yarn, it's a center pull.. so this is new for me.

Also, I'm an incredibly tight knitter to the point that it's difficult to knit. I'm trying to loosen up, and start looser, but by the time I get to the end of the row I'm on, I'm tight again. Any suggestions? It doesn't help that I'm using bamboo needles either! :knitting:

Thanks a bunch!!

Jan in CA 08-06-2007 02:05 PM

Knitting loosely takes patience and practice. You may need to try another type of needle, too.

I've attached images of a skein and a hank. It sounds like you bought a hank then? They do need to be wound into balls. You can either use a ball winder or do it by hand. It's easy to do and there is video here in KH.

BunnyChick 08-06-2007 02:45 PM

Yes, you're right.. it was a hank.. (learning terminology too!) thank you. I will work on loosening up...

BillSpace 08-07-2007 02:28 PM


Here's a helpful article about loosening up if you knit too tight:

See if any of it sounds helpful.

Good luck.

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