Monday, June 29, 2015

winding yarn

Make a small snip in the end of a toilet roll

Tie a knot in the end of yarn

place knot into cut on toilet roll



Slide your thumb inside the tube, and hold the yarn in place with your finger as shown.


Begin winding your yarn.

 Wind it three times around the tube. See the way the yarn runs diagonally across the tube? Look carefully... it is moving up and to the left. This is intentional.

Tug gently on the yarn, and let the tube rotate a little on your thumb. Allow it to make about 1/4 turn, and then wind diagonally three more times.


Again tug gently on the yarn, and let the tube rotate a little on your thumb. Allow it to make about 1/4 turn, and then wind diagonally three more times.

 Keep going... wind, wind, wind, tug... wind, wind, wind, tug... wind, wind, wind, tug... I find it easier to hold the yarn still in my left hand, and wind the tube around the yarn. Probably sounds crazy... but that's what works for me!



See the way I am always moving the yarn diagonally across the ball...


Continue in this manner until done. Once you develop your own technique, you will find that the tube moves easily in your hand, and you no longer consciously turn it. It feels a bit awkward at first... but persist with it until you work out a rhythm... it really is easy!



Tuck the end of your yarn under a couple of strands to secure (but not hide) it.



Free the knot from the snip at the end of the tube.


Carefully slide the ball from the cardboard.


Squish the sides of the ball to ease the tension on your yarn.


Ta-da! Tuck the centre yarn end inside the ball. Leave the knot there... it will make the centre end easy to locate when you are ready to use the ball.

thanks to the purple goldfish for the photos and tutorial

 

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