More often than not, it's the end of the day when I decide on a project and I don't have time to wind the yarn at the store. So I bring home my yarn, drape it over the back of a chair and start winding! Diane from Knitting Pure & Simple fame showed me this technique many years ago - and I've been a fan every since. Thanks, Diane!
1. Uncoil your hank of yarn and hang it over a dining room chair.
2. Find the end of the hank and drape it over your index finger.
3. Using the yarn from the hank, create figure-8s around your index and middle fingers.
4. Continue wrapping the yarn in figure-8s around those 2 fingers - and be careful not to cross the yarn over the original end of the hank.
5. Once you've created a good sized core of figure-8s, you can start to wind the yarn around that core. I always keep my fingers inside that figure-8 core, but you can remove your fingers at this point - just remember to leave the end loose!
6. Now that you've wound the entire hank around the core, tuck in the end and you've got a center pull ball! Viola!
So, grab a fresh hank of yarn and give it a shot - you never know when you'll need to wind it yourself!!
Posted by Jimmy (Laura) of Jimmy Beans Wool