Hello! How is everyone today? It's starting to feel like winter is almost upon us here in Sydney. I've actually started wearing my handknitted sweaters again. Yay!
Today's blog post is to complement Vivian's tutorial a few weeks ago about skeining and balling hand-dyed yarn. I have an alternative method to show you where I use basic household items to wind skeins of yarn into balls. I find this way of winding especially good for winding mini sampler skeins of yarn. My pretty sampler skein is from Kathy's Fibres and it was part of the Ewe Beaut Fibre Sampler. Pretty, isn't it?
Tools you'll need:
2 heavy containers - I use a coffee tumbler and coffee jar filled with water
Toilet paper roll
1. Unwind your skein and untie the ends. A larger skein of yarn probably has shorter bits of yarn tied around the skein to hold it together. Remove these.
2. Place the untwisted skein over the containers as shown below. For larger skeins, use the back of two chairs as Vivian explained in her tutorial.
3. Cut 2 slits on opposings sides (on one end) of your toilet paper roll. Slip one end of the yarn into the toilet paper roll. See pictures below.
4. Start winding the yarn around the toilet paper roll. Do this for a few rounds. Keep a loose, even tension.
5. Wind the yarn at an angle and slowly move the toilet paper roll around. It should start looking like this.
6. Ta-da! You have now wound a skein into a ball. I find that knitting directly from this toilet paper roll is easier when you don't have much yarn. But if you started with a full size skein, then you can just squeeze the toilet paper roll and slide it out. It then becomes a neat centre-pull ball.
I've shown you a sneek peak of my current project. I used this pretty handpainted yarn to finish the baby kimono I knitted for my girl. But that's for another week. I can't wait to show you the finished product. To quote the hubby, "That's the cutest thing you've made so far!" :))