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Old 01-07-2010, 10:18 AM   #21
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Red Heart Points Out the Ends!
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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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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

Last Red Heart label I looked at still had arrows pointing out which end of the skein was witch. And you could find the center end near the end of the skein if it was still (or tucked) inside.

They believe it reads something like ...
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<= (left) was the outside end, first pull and wrap around skein, then => (right side) had inside end.
I've been a bit of a snob toward Red Heart lately; I've just passed by with out a look or touch.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:01 PM   #22
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While we're on the topic of declines in quality, my last three skeins of Caron had weird tangled areas. One even had a knot in it that looked like two ends tied together so there was fluff sticking out of the knot. I'm so disappointed cause I really loved that yarn.I've had so much of it too :/ I suppose I should write them to tell them about it?
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If it was just one knot, that's rather normal these days. Some of them have 3 or 4. I was on the second sleeve of a top down sweater for my GD and found a knot in the Simply Soft. I don't recall there being any in the other skeins I've used, but that was a few years ago. Contact them and see what they say.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
If it was just one knot, that's rather normal these days. Some of them have 3 or 4. I was on the second sleeve of a top down sweater for my GD and found a knot in the Simply Soft. I don't recall there being any in the other skeins I've used, but that was a few years ago. Contact them and see what they say.
It wasn't just one knot per skein.A couple had up to 4 areas of about 3 inches of yarn that looked completely mangled.It looked like it had been jammed in a machine or something. *sigh* I was on such a roll today too writing positive letters to online shops I recently bought from.
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It's a manufacturing problem that can't be seen till you actually use the yarn so it's not the stores fault.
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Oh well in that case, it's a manufacturing problem, do contact Caron, the stores don't have anything to do with this issue, they just sell what the company sends them in an order. Companies like to know about quality control issues because they want a good product out there.
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Originally Posted by meowmeowmeow View Post
I was on such a roll today too writing positive letters to online shops I recently bought from.
Hi!

Just wanted to congratulate you on acknowledging the shops you bought from in a positive way. That's every bit as important as letting them know if you have a complaint - maybe even more important!

About Caron Simply Soft - I LOVE that yarn, especially for afghans. In fact, I'm about to embark on my 6th or 7th afghan using it. My project has been to do afghans for each close family member. Only two left to go! Yay! And yes, I've found those little knots and some areas of mangled yarn, sadly enough, but I dealt with it because I like the yarn so much.

Caron, though, will hear from me about it. As well as how much I love the yarn. Thanks for the reminder.

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Some yarns are much, much worse at finding the center pull than others but unless my yarn comes in a hank I won't re-wind it. I'll pull out the yarn barf and rewind the extra back around the skein. The last time this happened I was starting a pair of socks for my son and the yarn barf took me through 1/2 of one ankle length sock (1/2 way through the foot).

The knots coming up is really annoying and has been happening more often to many different yarns. Can't say one brand is any worse than another. I just pray when I get to the knot I can keep it on the wrong side.

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Ruthie, I don't know how much this will help because I, too, get so frustrated with half of the skein pulling out when trying to find the start of the center pull yarn. What I do is, I stick my thumb and first finger into the center of the skein as close to the middle as I can and pull out the least amount of the inside as possible. Most of the time, the end of the yarn is in this small amount. Most of the time, but not always. I used to just go in and grab the blob and pull it out, then wind it around the outside, but it seems if you go in and feel around a little, it's possible to find the end with only a few of the innards coming out also.
I agree that companies nowadays don't seem to care about the quality of their product as much as the quantity. And customer service is a thing of the past in most companies. My pet peeve is talking to a computer. UGGHH!! Sometimes I'll just talk jibberish until I get a human on the line. Computers don't understand jibberish Doesn't work all the time, but it makes me feel better.
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Knots ahoy!
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...The knots coming up is really annoying and has been happening more often to many different yarns. Can't say one brand is any worse than another. I just pray when I get to the knot I can keep it on the wrong side.

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Hi, Mary!

About the knots - I used to just knit them in figuring they were so tiny they'd just sort of magically meld into the project! This was so annoying when it happened on socks since a knot anywhere had the potential for creating a pressure spot that would rub.

Then I read about how it's not good to just knit those little guys into the project since they could come unknotted so easily. Think about it - they're really only very tiny with not much in the way of ends. I could really see how they could come undone with washing and wear. The solution was to cut out the knot and then work the yarns into the project just as you would if you were adding another ball of yarn. Then you've got ends to weave in and have some assurance that your hard work won't evaporate on you if one of those little knots decides to unravel.

The Russian join is a good one (there's a video here on that and it's a hoot to do, but so worth the effort) or whatever join you normally use rather than just knitting it in where you've got a little time bomb on your hands (or feet! )

Anyway, thanks for responding and I hope this helps!

Happy knotless knitting!

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