Before winding I place the yarn in a clean container on the floor. If it is a center pull skein I place it standing up with the center end on top and pull from the center. If it is not center pull I alternate pulling a few yards of yarn from the skein, then wind and pull a little more. Always winding at a steady pace holding onto the yarn to control the tension.
When your cake is ready to remove, loosely roll the label and hold it atop the spindle so as you lift the yarn from the spindle you are sliding the label inside the cake. A quick squeeze of the cake and your yarn label will stay put.
Yarn winders do not readily accommodate very small amounts of yarn. You need a fair amount of yarn for the “cake” to be solid enough to hold its shape. To resolve this issue you will need two (2) empty toilet tissue rolls. I chose those because most of us have a steady supply of them.
The roll will probably be too big. Flatten the second roll then fold it in half lengthwise into quarters. Slide the flattened, quartered roll between the spindle and the roll. This makes a “shim” and tightens the first roll to keep it from sliding around.
CAUTION: Please read.
When using a shim, please wind slower because winding rapidly actually creates centrifugal force. Centrifugal force will cause any shim to pull up and away from the center which can then become an airborne flying hazard.
In my haste to try my idea I jammed a crochet hook between the spindle and the roll and started winding furiously. Yep, the hook flew out the top, and shot across the room narrowing missing my TV.
Last thread the yarn strand through the yarn guides and slowly wind guiding the yarn to control tension. Then secure the end using a * "top edge tail", as noted above, and write the yarn "info" on the roll or roll up the label and insert it into the center of the roll or perhaps secure it with a bit of tape.
If the amount was small enough, and since the yarn winds at the bottom of the roll, you can turn the roll over and use the same method to wind another color on the other end.
I always work from the outside of my yarn cake. The reason for center pull skeins was for convenience over yarn "hanks" ending the need to wind or "ball" your yarn. The skeins do not roll around when working with them but the disadvantage to center pulls skeins is they collapse and tangle as you deplete the yarn.
You can see how the center hole widens and this one is on the verge of collapse. I hate yarn barf. I do not mind untangling it, I do mind losing the time it takes to untangle it. Since the yarn winder creates “cakes” which will stand in one place and do not roll around, I pull from the outside of the cake. I never work from the center of the “cake” as that will cause it to collapse into itself the same as a center pull skein. Yes it is fun to rewind but constant rewinding, of collapsed yarn, will cause it to twist and curl and the more often you rewind the tighter the twist and the more it will curl when you try to use it.
Winding 7 oz. on a 4 oz. winder, of course you can.
This is a method for winding a 7 oz., “center pull” skein, on a 4 oz. winder, without cutting the yarn. Wind from both ends toward the middle. Wind from the outside first, to prevent the center collapse, until half the yarn is wound or the winder is as full as possible. Winding the spindle as full as possible will result in one cake larger than the other. Slide your label inside, while lifting off the cake, without cutting the yarn, place it beside the winder. Start again but this time wind from the "center pull" strand to the middle. You finish with two cakes side by side, the outside strand is connected and running between the two cakes. Don’t cut it so there will be no knot.
Winding this way puts both ends of the yarn into the center of the resulting cakes. Therefore, when you start a project, the only option is to pull from the center of a cake. I always start with the smallest cake since there is no worry about measuring as the whole skein is still intact. When that cake is expended the yarn automatically pulls from the outside of the second cake. If your cakes are different in size, my suggestion would be to start your project by pulling from the center of the smallest cake first, leaving the larger cake, or the one with label intact as long as possible.
However if you are working duel projects, like socks or booties, from the same yarn, you can pull from the center of both cakes which will still leave the center uncut and you can still rewind the remainder to store. This method also works for winding those One Pounder or 14 oz. skeins on an 8 oz. winder.
Another reason for keeping the original skein uncut and intact is color. I had multiple small balls of yarn in my stash, heaven only knows how old, and I have no idea what they are the remains of. There are the result of my habit of abandoning balls of yarn that are about to run out rather than have a knot in the center of my row or round. This results in many small and some not so small balls of orphan yarn. I have a really good eye for color and sometimes I take the box outside and try to match the colors. But not cutting large skeins into smaller ones all but eliminates the question.
To store conjoined cakes I slip them into quart or gallon size plastic bag. If you have a dollar store such as "Dollar Tree" close by you can stock up on different sizes of plastic bags. I tried other ways to store conjoined cakes but found the reusable plastic bags work best for me.
Thanks for visiting....Dorie
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