I don't know about you but I prefer to knit or crochet from a centre pull ball, and if I'm hand winding a skein I always wind it into a centre pull ball. With commercial yarn however, it's a different matter. Only on a few occasions I was able to find the end in the middle easily, for the rest of the time more often than not it's a tag of war. Like this one:
I tried and tried to find the end without any success, so I pulled on the inner most centre and out it popped - the yarn giblets! It took me a good forty minutes to sort it out, and when I did I started a project that will turn into a throw/blanket for my friend Elaine. She sent me the yarn and said that she would like something to go over the sofa. The pattern is the Sunset Ruana
in the Winter 2009 edition of Interweave Crochet, my progress so far..
This is a Tunisian crochet project, but because each square is only small you can get away with a normal hook. I love the way the colour shifts. This is a "in car" project so it may take some time to complete, but I'm not seeing Elaine until next January so all should be good.
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Love the blanket! The colors are my favorite and the design is perfect for the yarn...or the yarn is perfect for the design.ReplyDelete
I hate fiddling with commercial yarn that is already in a "ball" it's a royal mess every single time.
Yarn giblets - perfect!!!!! I pull from the center of commercially-wound skeins a lot, so have this dilemma quite a bit. :)ReplyDelete
The ruanne pattern as a throw - I like it in this yarn, so will look forward to seeing the finished piece.
I really like the color of your blanket and the term yarn giblets is a good one. In my knitting group we refer to that wad that comes out of the center as Ethel...don't remember why but that's what we call it :)ReplyDelete