If it's in a skein, you don't have to ball it. If it's in a hank- like a twist that untwists into a big loopy thing- (I am sure you've see in a movie or show someone holding yarn across their hands while someone else winds it up- that's a hank-) then you need to wind it into a ball or it will tangle.
Here is a link on winding a ball
OTN: - Tree of Life afghan, socks, afghan for Dad, Tura Maeve baby dress, alpaca Winter Mountains scarf, Frida poncho
Recently FO- Quinn cabled bag, Evangeline fingerless gloves (2 pairs), Topknot baby hats, pompom & earflap hats, 8 pairs of socks, Baby Folkwear Caftan, Debbie Bliss Baby Shawl (blanket)
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