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How do you get the beginning yarn to come out of the end?
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Date: 1/1/13 7:21 PM

I'm making dish cloths. I'm crocheting from "Peaches & Cream" 100% cotton yarn. I did teach myself so there is a lot of trial and error. But darn it! How do you get the beginning yarn to come out of one of the ends? Which end?

I've been using the end piece which is always getting in my way (you have to continue to unravel to get enough yarn to work with). I feel like I'm fighting with it. Thanks.

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Date: 1/1/13 8:49 PM

That's the way I do it. I'm not certain Peaches 'n' Creme can be undone from the inside. I just keep unrolling it as I go along.

(you probably will get more replies if you post this under Knitting--yes, crocheters go there too).

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Date: 1/1/13 9:02 PM

I was going to post this under knitting but...I know for sure crocheting is different then knitting. I knit like a turtle in a race... LOL But I didn't know crocheting is also discussed in there. Thanks GlB!

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Date: 1/2/13 0:06 AM

Quote: Valerie Jo
I'm making dish cloths. I'm crocheting from "Peaches & Cream" 100% cotton yarn. I did teach myself so there is a lot of trial and error. But darn it! How do you get the beginning yarn to come out of one of the ends? Which end?



I've been using the end piece which is always getting in my way (you have to continue to unravel to get enough yarn to work with). I feel like I'm fighting with it. Thanks.


When I am knitting or crocheting I take the ball or skein and make a nice, pullable ball out of it. It cuts down on a lot of problems. If you do not know how to do this send me a pm and I will explain my method to you.

OR, I don't know if there is a youtube for this, but I learned what to do from Elizabeth Zimmermann on one of her knitting shows and I have done it that way ever since.

ETA: I just looked on youtube and couldn't find it which doesn't mean it isn't there, really, but I didn't see it.
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Date: 1/2/13 0:06 AM

On a center-pull skein of yarn (generally kind of roundish in shape, as opposed to a long oval), you reach into the center hole and just sort of fish around for the free end of the yarn. Surprisingly often, your finger will feel it quite precisely. Then you pull it out and start knitting or crocheting with it. The yarn will come out neatly as you work and not twist or roll all over the place.

Unfortunately, though, too often you fish and tug and think you've found the free end, give it a nice pull, and what you get is the dreaded yarn barf.

Then, like the rest of us, you sweat it out and patiently dissect the mess to find that free end, which is usually (not always) in there somewhere.

I've been crafting for decades and still do not have a foolproof system for this.
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Date: 1/2/13 0:13 AM

yarn barf,
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Date: 1/2/13 0:14 AM

Elizabeth Zimmermann once said that in every pull-skein there lurks a knot, and you might as well find it first before starting to knit.

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Date: 1/2/13 3:40 AM

Deleted because info was incorrect--shocking I know
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Date: 1/2/13 2:00 PM

GlB, you are speechless?

Yarn barf - I always learn something new on here.

Well, I know how to roll them into balls. I used to help my grandma when she had "yarn barf" going on.

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