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Old 01-18-2007, 06:17 AM   #1
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center pull ball
i wound my first center pull ball last night!

all my thanks and appreciation go to knittinghelp.com of course. without the awesome video i would've thought i could ball up the hank w/o the back of a chair or wrapped around my knees and just figure i could leave it on the ground. and twenty minutes later i would have a tangled mess that i'd have to cut into smaller pieces to untangle... and then i would have probably wrapped the smaller pieces around water bottles... all while swearing and fighting back the tears.

... that's what happened last time.

this time i went from this:




to this:



my first center pull ball! aside from my thumb turning blue it was a very satisfying and easy process all thanks to amy.

... now i just have to figure out what to make with it.
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:23 AM   #2
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Oooh - congratulations.

I have several "balls" of yarn that would benefit from this treatment - I just haven't been brave enough yet.



Maybe I should do that today!
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:52 AM   #3
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I use an empty effervescent tablets tube, something like 7" or 8", I put the end of the yarn between the tube and the cap so I can catch it later, I wrap the yarn around the tube and when it becomes a ball, I take the tube from the middle of the ball and there I have a center pull ball, the important thing to do is to wound a little tight but not as much as to kill the softness of the yarn
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:10 AM   #4
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Re: center pull ball
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I use an empty effervescent tablets tube, something like 7" or 8"
An empty TP tube works well, too, as does a subscription medicine bottle.
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I thought the video made it really easy too. I got a couple hanks of malabrigo and even though I am too afraid to make anything with them yet, I did wind them into ball just so I could touch thema lot!
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Congratulations!

as for your thumb turning blue, i've found using a cardboard tube much easier (but a smaller tube is even better)
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Congratulations!

as for your thumb turning blue, i've found using a cardboard tube much easier (but a smaller tube is even better)
oops, wrong link. sorry: http://www.flickr.com/groups/knittin...7594364884186/
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:16 PM   #8
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wow, thanks. i'll definitly be trying items that aren't my thumb next time. =)

any reccomendations for items to use instead of a swift? for the ball in the picture i just put the yarn around my knees. it was fine at first but started putting some strain on my back towards the end.
i hear chair backs are good, but, most of my chairs are very narrow and the loop of yarn would probably just rest on the seat.
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you may try your feet, they move better than your knees (never tried it myself, mom likes to help me winding)
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