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Very novice question about a new skein of yarn

Posted by: dwagner (IP Logged)
Date: July 20, 2009 09:25PM

This will seem like a really simple beginner question, but I am really curious. Which end of the skein do you start with, the one that comes out of the middle or the one at the outside of the skein? And is it "skein" or another name?


Posted by: CRAFTYLADY1956 (IP Logged)
Date: July 21, 2009 11:26AM

I always start with the end that comes out of one end....the inside end will be harder to work with.Yes it is a skein

Posted by: Mother Hen (IP Logged)
Date: July 21, 2009 05:26PM

I use the inside end and keep my skein in a Zip bag, this has worked for me for years.
I just need to give a pull and let about a yard come up from the bag that I keep at my side.

If the out side end is used the skein has to move around too much for me.

If I am doing a small project , I some time will use the outside end.

But , which end ? > It's my/your choice !

Mother Hen <><
" Creating Is A God Thing "

Posted by: Liz (IP Logged)
Date: July 21, 2009 06:22PM

I also, like Mother Hen always start with the inside end. Once in awhile it may be a little difficult to get started, but is much easier to work than have it roll around on the floor. The yarns I have to use from the outside are so aggravating to me. I absolutely love to watch the yarn come from within and watch the skein stand up as it unfolds with gentle pulling as I stitch. That's why I like the large skeins even better, you can work with it so much longer and have so fewer ends to weave in. They cost a little more per oz. but I'd rather pay the extra amount and have all that wonderful yarn flowing so freely.

As MH would say, just my opinion - everyone has one. God bless you no matter what end you start with. As I say, it's the journey that counts, and you'll get there no matter which end you choose.

Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: July 21, 2009 08:09PM

Sometimes it is confusing to even find the inner end of commercial yarns because one end is sometimes pulled all the way through the middle of the skein and both the inner and outer ends end up on the outside under the yarn band. Yanking at them will quickly reveal which is the true inside end. When you do get a grip on the real inside end, reach inside with a couple of fingers and pull out a good lump of wool. This will make the process much easier. After you get that amount of wool worked the rest of the yarn will flow easily.

I never work from the outside. Just having one ball of light ecru thread jump out of your bag onto a dirty commuter train floor will convince you that you don't want unpredictable missiles flying all over the place.

I even turn all of my threads into center feeds by carefully removing the inner cardboards and pulling out enough thread to find the end. I've worked with several dozen this way and I only had one tangle (years ago) when I first started and wasn't careful enough with the cardboard removal. Another benefit of this is that the resulting balls take up no room at all and can be carried in my smallest purse.

If you find unballed hanks you can turn them into center feeds by dropping a length of the yarn into a cardboard paper towel tube or a rolled up magazine then wrapping in a very even manner, revolving the tube as you go, bringing the yarn from the top of the ball to the bottom and back up again. When you finish wrapping slide the ball off the tube and you will have an attractive ball that you can easily flatten out for even more stay-in-the-workbasket security.

Posted by: LI Roe (IP Logged)
Date: July 25, 2009 01:22PM

I always start from the inside of the skein, but I have had older skeins of yarn that actually said to use the outside.