I had a bad experience with unwinding & re-winding a hank of yarn ONCE. That was enough for me. After that, I purchased hanks of yarn from my LYS & I had them wind the yarn into a ball or a cake of yarn for me.
Then, three years ago some dear friends gifted me with 2 hanks of yarn from an Alpaca farm. I have yet to deal with it.
Then, I watch several videos on You Tube on how to wind yarn into a skein with a center pull. I've had a lot success with winding small amounts of yarn by hand using a cardboard toilet paper roll. I wasn't too sure how I felt about winding the new (expensive) sock yarn by hand and since I purchased it online l couldn't ask my LYS to do it for me.
I found a manual yarn winder from Michaels on-line. I applied a 40% off coupon, so I thought for $17 it would be a good investment. I really didn't want to spend a whole lot of money on a yarn gadget, because I don't buy a lot yarn that isn't already in a skein and ready to use.
So, back to winding a hank of yarn by hand. This this time I used a paper towel roll and I cut it a little longer than a toilet paper roll and it worked great!
I used 2 chairs to hold the hank of yarn while unwrapping it.
|Yarn Cake with Center pull.|
I don't know what I'm going to knit with this yarn, but I'm so glad that it's ready to be cast onto my needles.