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It’s a ball, It’s a hank, It’s a….. wait, what did you say?!

By on March 9, 2015



I sometimes take for granted the knowledge I have acquired throughout the years. I just assume everyone in the crochet and knitting world knows the same things I do, but I have come to the realization that is not always the case – duh! A lot of people know much more than I do, but a lot know a lot less, too.

So, I thought it would be cool to write a few blog posts to share some tips. As you can see in the picture, I put the names of the way you can refer to yarn.

At a specialty yarn shop you will find mostly hanks and you will need to either use a swift and yarn winder to wind the hank into a cake (pictured) or you can wind it into a ball. If you don’t, I am sorry to tell you, but you will be in a big tangled mess!

The skein [pronounced with a long a; rhymes with rain] is how the yarn usually comes from the big box craft stores. It is ready to use and most of the time you can pull the yarn from the outside or from the center and start your project right away. The same goes for a ball, it is ready to use.

So, the next time you’re hanging out with your yarn loving friends, impress them with your newfound knowledge. 🙂


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