This is the best kind because it means I can pull from the center of the ball, find the end, and begin my project. Some people prefer to wind their yarn in a ball, but I'm really against doing extra work. Sometimes, the yarn comes twisted together, like this:
|Mmm, Madeline Tosh sock yarn - the BMW of sock yarns|
I see this most often with hand-dyed and hand-painted yarns. The downside of this is that sometimes while storing it, you end up with this:
|Sock yarn purchased in 2011 in Watkins Glen, NY - beautiful, but oh, what a mess|
So for Christmas, I decided to give us both a gift and ask for a yarn swift:
Instead of Himself being trapped on the couch for half an hour (or more), I can set this one to fit whatever skein of yarn I want to roll into a ball and leave him out of it completely. Plus, it's a new knitting toy so it hasn't lost its attractiveness to me yet so I now find winding yarn fun. Go figure.
He also bought me Vogue Knitting, a book on techniques, terminology & all things knitting. It's ten years old but is considered The Bible of knitting by serious knitters. Also, it's the only thing with "Vogue" in the title that will be found in our house, ever.