I came home the other day with three hanks of yarn and I needed to wind them into cakes. (Lost you yet? Let’s back up…)
Big loops of yarn twisted into that particular shape. This is how a lot of the nicer yarns (think yarn store, not big-box craft store) come. The problem is you can’t really use the yarn in this condition. In order to use it, it needs to be in a skein, a ball, or a cake.
This is a skein:
You can take this directly off the shelf and use it. Usually they are center pull, which means you can pull the yarn from the center and it stays together pretty well until you get down to the very last bit. Most big-box craft stores sell yarn in this shape. It’s easier for the customer to use and stacks well for displays.
I’m not going to show you a picture of a ball of yarn…. you guys got that one, right? Good.
So the question is, what happens when you get a hank of yarn? Most of the time, your local yarn store where you bought the hank of yarn will wind it into a cake for you. Or, if you buy it online and have a very patience dear husband or devoted friend, you can have their help to wind it into a ball:
(Thank-you Google Images for that lovely illustration).
Or you can ask for a swift and ball winder for Christmas and have a new useful toy to play with! (This is what I did. Wanna see?)
So first you untwist the hank of yarn and you get this:
Then you place the yarn on the ball winder (that’s the name of this delightful plastic contraption):
You have your very own center-pull cake of yarn.
So now you know how to wind a hank of yarn into a cake of yarn. You should share your knowledge today: it’s a fun tidbit, isn’t it? You could even go explore your local yarn store and see what other shapes they have. And if you find something particularly exciting, but you just don’t know what to do with it, send it my way. I’m sure I could figure something out. 😉