Is there a particular type of yarn that comes in hanks or is it determined by the preference of the manufacturer/distributor?
I'm considering getting a ball winder for the many hand-rolled balls of yarn that I have from the several afghans that I frogged when I gave up crocheting. I'm very attracted by the idea of using a ball winder on those, but once those are finished, I'm not sure how much use I would get out of a dedicated ball winder.
(I wound a couple of center pull balls on my own and I ended up feeling I could have spent my time better knitting rather than doing that -- it was very slow going.)
I think that at least for the next little while, I will be mainly using machine washable yarns, like superwash wools and cotton or acrylic blends. I have two small children and another on the way, and I would prefer to avoid hand washing things that aren't children for the next several years.
Is it likely that I will run into yarn that is in hanks if I don't use wool that has to be washed carefully? If I get a ball winder, will it just mostly sit on the shelf?