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Old 04-13-2011, 09:11 PM   #287
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Originally Posted by RuthieinMaryland View Post

I knit swatches like a good little knitter should, but I read somewhere that it's not such a good idea to unravel the swatch and re-knit with the yarn.

Well, some of the sock yarns I've been buying are a bit costly and I kept feeling like I was wasting a chunk of yarn and accumulating bunches of swatches.

I'm probably the last person on this planet to figure out the following, and if so, please bear with me!

I learned to wind a center-pull ball from Amy's video and it works like a charm. Usually when I get to the end of a sock I've got yarn left over, so I just pull the yarn for the swatch from the outside of the ball. Then when I'm finished the swatch I note down the gauge and needles and unravel the swatch, wrapping it back around the outside of the ball. When I go to knit the sock I work with the new yarn from the center pull. I'm sure this would work with a skein that's already wound with a center pull.

I'd really like to hear how you all handled the swatch/yarn issue.

This past winter I started knitting mittens for charity. My local elementary school always has kids coming into the office looking for them (or hats and scarves). I use these leftover bits of yarn to make these mittens in stripes. Using unraveled swatches in these mittens isn't a big deal. The office people are thrilled to get anything for their kids.
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