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Old 01-04-2010, 05:05 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
That's called yarn barf. Some skeins do it, some don't. It's annoying when I want to start knitting right away and have to fix it, but I figure it's just part of the process. When it happens I do like Sue does..either butterfly it or center pull ball it and shove it in center of the skein. Sometimes I just wind my own center pull ball and have it done with.


My friends and I call it "afterbirth". Gross, huh? ...besides, untangling can be sort of therapeutic, don't you think?
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:18 PM   #12
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It would be a big help it the label had a mark of some sort to alert us which end of the skein to search for the yarn tail.

But, I too have a lot of trouble finding the end at times and usually end with 30-50% of the inside content coming out with the tail end.
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:06 PM   #13
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once upon a time, i had a skein of Red Heart yarn, and there was a little red foil heart stuck to the end of the yarn from the center. what a great idea!!!!!!!probably why no one does it anymore!?!! i like to do what someone else mentioned--wind my own or put the skein in a container--the plastic jars nuts come in are a good size. linknit41
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I actually like to wind myself - it gives me a good feel of the yarn before working with it.

My center-pull skeins always end up much nicer than the ready-made center-pull skeins I can buy.
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Argh.I hate center pull balls.I cannot for the life of me see the advantage it over taking the strand on the outside with the way they always tangle internally. I always wind my yarn into round balls by hand instead.I avoid the rolling around issue by making a little niche for the ball in whatever blanket I have on me as I always have a blanket when knitting.

I will be trying the "flat ball" next project with a nostepinne to see if I like that center pull any better.
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I HATE pulling from the outside. I much prefer from the center so my yarn sits nicely beside and behaves itself rather than rolling all over the place and picking up cat hair or having to sit in a bowl.
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LOL Jan... mine picks up dog hair and then sometimes dog slobber when the dog decides the rolling ball is her toy ;o)
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great answers...
Hi!

Thanks for the input. Please keep it coming!!!

Jan, "yarn barf" Wow, does that SAY IT! Thanks for that!

I see I'm not the only one who has a problem with screwy center-pull skeins. And I do remember a time when the quality of the packaging was such that it was rare to have a tangle come out instead of a smooth pull of yarn.

I don't know what the change in wrapping methods has been but it's so different now, almost as though we, the consumers, have to do some of the work of the companies we buy the yarn from. Something wrong with that picture, right?

It's like a lot of the knitting books I've bought in recent years. The patterns aren't apparently properly tested and are subject to serious errors, as are portions of the text. It's not that unusual to find an explanation of a technique written up beside the wrong picture. Difficult when you're trying to learn the technique!!! Then the consumer has to figure it out and fix it. Even when there are errata pages on the publisher's website, it's still up to the consumer to fix THEIR product!!!

So I'm going to put my foot down on these sliding-downhill standards and contact some yarn companies that I've had problems with, voice a complaint and find out what their position is. I'll keep you all posted.

Thanks and happy knitting.

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It's not that the patterns aren't tested, but in the editing process many typos go uncorrected because someone thought someone else caught them all. Many designers are just as dismayed as you are that their 'babies' go out there with so many errors that the publisher/printer should have caught.
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It's not that the patterns aren't tested, but in the editing process many typos go uncorrected because someone thought someone else caught them all. Many designers are just as dismayed as you are that their 'babies' go out there with so many errors that the publisher/printer should have caught.
Hi, Suz!

You're absolutely right. Once something leaves the hands of the designer to go to a publisher and then on to a printer anything can happen and a great book can become frustrating for the buyer to use because of carelessness and inattention to detail on the part of the producers.

But there are lots of things like that in today's society. As a knitter I've got that peeve about center pull balls of yarn being so poorly wrapped, unlike those I've used back in the day. And knitting books poorly printed also.

It's as though these producers are letting the public act as their "quality control" function. Put the product out there however you can slam it out the door and let the public contact you with what's wrong with it. How many vehicle recalls have there been in recent years? Even novels and other printed material are showing up with more and more misspellings and gramatical errors. What gives?

So either I have a valid point or I've finally become "old lady Ruth",
the one in the neighborhood who complains about EVERYTHING! Holey Moley! I hope not!!!!!

In any event, I'll still contact some yarn producers to find out why they're not "wrapped right"! I'll let you all know what I find out, and vice versa if anyone else tackles them!

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