Monday, September 19, 2005

A question from the newbie

Okay, here's one I pondered last night. Maybe there's a good answer for it, and if there is, please please enlighten me. But, why oh why does yarn come in skeins or hanks that then need to be wound into center pull balls? Why doesn't the yarn just come in a center pull ball???? I am especially concerned because the last three center pull balls I wound (by hand) went seriously wrong. Something must have tangled and knotted inside. A gentle tug did not loosen the stuck yarn. A firm tug caused the yarn to break off. I resorted to knitting yarn from the OUTSIDE of my center pull ball - which kind of defeats the purpose.

I know what you're thinking. Oh stop whining and just buy a ball winder. But the point is, we spend enough money on our yarn . . . it should come in a usable form. When you buy coffee at a gourmet coffee shop, they will grind the beans for you if don't have a coffee grinder. You don't just get whole bean coffee, end of story, good luck if you don't have a grinder at home. If I ever own a yarn store, I will wind the yarn for free if you don't have a ball winder. It just seems the right thing to do. Unless, of course, there is a valid reason the yarn comes the way it does and someone will tell me and I'll be like "Well duh, why didn't I think of that???"

Okay, new topic. I want to thank you guys for all the positive comments and great feedback on Miss-Actually-Fits. I must admit, I am kind of proud. I mean, it's not the best . . . if you could only see some of the seams close-up. Kind of sad. But it did come out better than I had hoped. Since it's polyester (ugh) I didn't have to block it, so we'll see how well it holds up when it gets washed. One of my knitting dreams last week involved a sweater that fell apart completely when washed. I know, no more snacking before bed!!!

PS: According to comments from Miss McSpassitron and Christine, my beginner status has been revoked. Can I still be a newbie??


chris said...

If there's a valid reason, then it's managed to totally elude me, too. Maybe because it just looks so darn purdy in hanks?! And I can't wind them into center-pull balls worth a you-know-what, either. :-P Oh, thought of another reason. Maybe most knitters are tea-drinkers so they've never gotten the whole coffee-bean service treatment. :)

Jillio said...

maybe it has something to do with the stress on the yarn? but that can't be it because some yarn does already come in center pull balls...hmmm...
maybe it's a marketing ploy. that's it. kind of like my theory about oreos and dairy products: oreos were invented to get people to consume more dairy products. you dunk oreos in milk, you put them in ice cream, you can put them in shakes (a la jack-in-the-box, mmm), etc.
so it's like that with yarn in hanks and ball winders / swifts. yarn comes in hanks to create the need for the ball winders / swifts. it's a relationship where they must both exist to create balance in a knitter's world. haha, sorry to get so philosphical. you make a good point.
funny how you can buy lots of yarn, but flinch at the thought of buying a ball winder or a swift. i say that now, but the day you see me buy a spinning wheel, some sheep, and a ranch w/a ranch house to put it in, you know i've gone over the edge. hehe.
thanks for your lovely comment on my page, btw. :)
this comment was brougth to you by the word verification word of the day: guoucixn. what it means, i have no idea.

Jen said...

Okay, Keohinani is too funny!

Anyway, I don't think it's a newbie question to ask at all. I have never really pondered it, but it seems some companies just want you to have to handle the yarn a lot before you get around to using it. To check for knots? I don't know. I have noticed that winding the ball into balls (Suck it up!!! Get a ball winder!!!) gives me the opportunity to fondle the yarn and get to know how it handles before I actually knit with it. Believe it or not, I actually like the ball winding process.

DF probably doesn't concur as he's acting like the human swift right now. He doesn't spin, but he has to do this weird thing with his arms to get the yarn to pull off his hands without catching...

knittinmom said...

You should post this on the knitty board - I bet you would get some (possibly very opinionated) good answers there!

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