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Old 01-13-2014, 10:28 AM   #11
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It really depends on the yarn brand, but some of them such as red heart, will have it printed on the label. Others, just look on both ends of the skein, you'll most likely see an end sticking out. In which case, when you start pulling on that you'll see what's known as "yarn barf" basically it's a mess of yarn that comes out at once, but after that it should be smooth sailing.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:48 AM   #12
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There are a number of ways to wind yarn into a ball by hand.

Winding Yarn on A NÝstepinne I use a toothbrush case for a Nostepinne. I keep knitting odds and ends inside the thoothbrush holder.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Hand...-Ball-of-Yarn/

http://knitting.about.com/od/yarn/ss/ball-byhand.htmhttp://knitting.about.com/od/yarn/ss/ball-byhand.htm
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I'm not using a pattern, mostly because I have no idea how to read a pattern, and I am very new to knitting. The scarf I am making my daughter is all knit stitch, which I found out is a garter stitch. If I don't learn anything thing new before I start my nephews his will be done the same way.

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The best advice I've seen for finding the hidden end of yarn is to insert both index fingers and thumbs into the ends of the skein then find a single thread. Pull it out one end. More often than not, it's close to the end. Sometimes it isn't but often, success!
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I think I understand about wondering will a question get answered. Most places say to search and search and see if it has already been answered, they don't want you asking questions that are already in there somewhere. This place isn't like that. Everyone is treated with respect and whenever possible they get a prompt answer, often more than one! Don't worry about whether it was answered three years ago, if you have a question, ask it. It took me quite a while to get used to that here. It's one of the reasons I check often to see if I can help someone. When I finally decided to ask questions here, I got responses and lots of help so fast I couldn't believe it. It's because of KH that I'm knitting at all. I'll never be as good as a lot the knitters here but that's OK. I still get treated as if I belong.
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I was afraid she was going to leave us if we missed any of her questions! This is a really good place to ask questions and I've never seen anyone get turned away for asking them.

Since we seem to be talking about finding the center of a ball, I'll throw in that I always work from the outside, rather than the middle -- I don't like the way the ball or skein collapses when the inside is taken out.

I *could* rewind it when that happens, but if I work from the outside, it never becomes an issue.

Since I use either ball-winder cakes or store-bought skeins, I just set it in the top of whatever I'm using to hold my project (tote bag, wicker basket, metal bucket, whatever), and that sits on the floor. As I knit, the yarn unwinds and *usually* doesn't roll around.

Sometimes I have to give an extra tug, if it isn't coming around the bottom smoothly, but usually I don't have to do anything extra, as long as it is sitting below where my needles are and the yarn is pulled straight up. (Does that make sense? If the yarn is coming off the side, instead of the top, the ball tends to roll and flop around, so I try to keep it on the floor near my feet.)
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I prefer using yarn from the outside also because I end up with a tangled mess when it collapses too. Winding from the outside when I make a ball from a larger one - I divide my sock yarn balls when I have the stuff that makes two socks - helps reduce the amount of twist added to the yarn.
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