Why do people cake their yarn?
It allows for easy shipping and storage of the yarn. Yarn cannot be used in this form to knit or crochet. It must be wound into a cake or ball to be able to use it without getting tangled.
Should you ball your yarn?
If you are working with yarn in a hank like LB Collection Organic Wool, winding the yarn into a ball is the best way to prevent tangling as you work. After unfolding the hank, loop it around a swift (or chair back, or the hands of a willing friend) to keep it stable as you follow the steps below to wind it into a ball.
Do you pull from the center of a yarn cake?
All skeins have an outside end that allows you to begin work by unrolling the yarn from the outside. You can begin knitting or crocheting from the outside, wind it into a ball by hand, or use a wool winder to make a pull skein. However, many people prefer to pull from the center as it can keep the ball neater.
Why is yarn not sold in balls?
The biggest reason yarn so often comes in hanks is that it travels much more reliably that way. Wound balls tend to snag, fall apart, and generally become tangled knots. Also, leaving yarn unwound is usually better for the fiber for storage.
Where do you store yarn?
Store all yarn in a climate controlled environment, not in a damp basement or hot attic. Store yarn in an extra closet (hanging shoe holders work great for this) or in plastic tubs out of direct sunlight. Do not store yarn in baskets on rugs.
Can you knit straight from a skein?
Frankly, if you can wind a ball of yarn by hand without a swift or a ball winder, you can knit directly from a skein. The only difference between the two is winding the skein up between knitting sessions.