I’m a knitter now, and thus I declare knitting shall be featured on this blog. No, I am not planning to turn this into a haven of wool and stitch-techniques, you will still see me paint, thrift, photograph and DIY. But as it is a current obsession I do feel the need to share some of this fluffy craft.
DIY – Twisted Hank to Center-Pull Ball
1. Untwist the hank and untie any pieces which hold it together.
2. Take a tube and thread the end through the middle. Toilet paper rolls are perfert but keep in mind some bulkier wool will need a longer tube. For reference this hank was 300 meter and 100 grams of 2ply wool.
3. Start wrapping the yarn around the tube, making sure to keep the end pulled through.
4. Once you have a solid bit of yarn on there you begin to shape the ball by wrapping the yarn across the wrapped bit, forming a cross.
5. Alternate between crossing the / side or the side of the X
6. If the loops are separating and there is risk of tangling you can thread the large loops onto a chair. You continue wrapping opposite sides but try and follow the yarn around the chair as you unravel the hank onto the ball.
8. Once you have wrapped to the other end, fasten this end under a few of the top layers. This is to prevent it tangling with the other end when you knit.
9. Pull the first end out of the middle of the tube.
10. Push into the sides of the tube to loosen it from the ball.
11. Pull out the tube, ensuring you have your end pulled out.
12. Squidge the ball a bit to ensure the middle isn’t gaping too much, and Tada! One center-pulled ball, ready to knit from with minimal tangling.
There is just something magical about doing this with ombre yarn. A surprise pop of colour peeks out from the middle, delightful!
For those who read this even though they do not knit, you are a hero, please enjoy my sketch from this tangled scene from the movie Martian ♥