Here is an example of a really new knitter's issues: I am using a skein of yarn: do I pull the yarn from the inside? or do i let it bounce around and pull from the outside? It is Lion Brand Wool Ease worsted weight 3 oz and the label says nothing about how to unwind! :thinking:
Thanks--this is just the beginning of my dumb questions!
I've always pulled from the inside, to avoid the bouncing around. That said, sometimes it's really hard to find the inside end to pull from! I either pull out a huge hunk from the inside and untangle it if necessary, or if it's a yarn I've had tangling issues with in the past, I start from the outside and wind my own center-pull ball. (video here) :D
FYI, since we hope you'll be spending a lot oftime at KH, eventually you'll realize that KK thinks everything is about HER.
I try to roll my yarn loosely into a pull square-ish ball, that way I can loop the ball around my wrist as a holder so I don't have lots of strings hanging. One reason a center pull ball is preferred over the outside pull ones is that the yarn can get tangled together; if you can't get your yarn into a center pull ball, or you can't FIND the center,you can slip the yarn into one of those mesh plastic vegetable bags; that will at least keep it from unwinding all over the place and getting tangled. Or stick the yarn into an empty oatmeal container and pull it through a hole in the lid. OR you can let KK's dog howie hold your yarn, he LIKES to play with yarn... and he's *very* helpful. :-)
When I buy yarn in a ball, I always look for the end that's tucked into the yarn. That is always the outside end. I flip the ball over and reach in the other end as far as I can and pinch. A lot of the time I'm lucky and end up near the beginning, sometimes I end up with a lump, but once it gets knitted up, the yarn comes from the middle.