I’ve hand wound centre-pull balls for years now. Well, just 4 years really. Nevertheless, a recovering-perfectionist is never happy with just learning one method in case there is a better one out there. I am now ready to share with you the top 3 ways I’ve found to wind a tip-top ball of yarn.
#3: This method by Ariadne requires that you have a strong thumb and good surrounding muscle support. But it does the job well.
#2: Knitting Help videos are amazing. They turned my knitting around and was the first place that taught me how to wind a centre-pull ball. This video is a slight variation of the method above and I found it easier to learn from. These are my small centre-pull balls using this method.
#1: Recently I’ve learnt a new way to wind a centre-pull ball of yarn by hand. This tutorial by Slamskatkitten (via Knitted Bliss) uses a simple winding tool – a toilet roll! This method is by far my new favourite and my number one choice. Saves my thumb and the earth too! Yay!
I was especially impressed that this method can be used even with very small amount of yarn.
So is my search for the best way to wind a centre-pull ball over? Nope.
Do you have another method to share with me?
I know knitters and crocheters are very talented. Some can pretty much knit or crochet whatever that comes to their mind. But I’m wondering what kind of mind would suddenly go, “That’s it! I’ll make an alligator bag!”
I was surprised to discover that not one, but two minds thought this was a great idea!
Knitting pattern: Alligator bag by A Morehouse Merino Original
© Nancynovember via Flickr
Crochet Pattern: Crocheted Alligator Handbag by Marleen Hartog
© Marleen Hartog via Ravelry
So instead of writing a knee-jerk response on why you should NOT make one of these, I’ve got an even better idea…
5 reasons why you NEED your very own alligator handbag:
A thief grabs your bag, running as fast as he can down the street. You yell, “Stop the man carrying the alligator head!” The whole street turns and watches him run. They laugh and start pointing at him. The thief doesn’t see what’s so funny. Puzzled, he quickly hides in the alleyway and looks down at the purse he just stole. He smacks himself on the head, cursing. Hoping that there’ll be a fat wallet to compensate for his loss of face, he finds nothing but a ball of yarn and a pair of knitting needles!
Hey, I did say I’ll give you 5 reasons why you need an alligator bag. I didn’t say they were going to be GOOD reasons! So if you’ve had a lousy Monday or suffering the Monday blues, maybe all you need is an alligator bag.
Bye bye now!
P.S. Clearance sale at my shop. Cute things needing a new home.
My creative space has been filled with …
… arm lengths of knitted i-cord,
(tutorial coming soon)
… shades of lofty violet cotton going round and round,
(my “forever” blanket wip)
… and the click clack of excited knitting needles.
(a cabled vest for me)
Pop over to Kootoyoo to see all the other creative spaces playing this week.
Cristi waved her magical crochet hook on my Pear Tawashi crochet pattern and turned it into a frog! I think it’s just brilliant and doesn’t the frog look adorable? I just want to give the cute fella a squeeze and a hug!
Cristi shared her interesting and informative journey of the pear transformation with me. Here is what she has to say:
Hi Cristi! So how long have you been crocheting?
I have been crocheting steadily for
Why were you looking to crochet a frog? Who is the frog for?
Ok, so this is a bit convoluted. I was without a job and wanted to make
So as I was browsing through my Evernote logs for inspiration I found the pattern I had saved from your website and decided to make a frog. I found a pattern I liked for the legs and started making them. Along the way, I realized this was too much work for heating pads (after I had made four or five). I just ended up making soft cotton covers for the heating pads which went over very well, except for my boyfriend’s father. He opened the present when I wasn’t looking and thought they were sand bags to use for support for his camera… LOL … He was a little embarrassed when I told him that they were just heating pads, but tried to make up for it by using one right away. I told him that I totally didn’t mind if he used it as a sand bag, as long as he liked it. He perked up after that!
Right before Christmas, I finally found a job as a nanny and wanted to
Did you look for a frog pattern by googling or searching Ravelry?
I have some links I have saved as bookmarks that link to pages that store patterns, I also Googled, and searched Craftster. Though I am a member of Ravelry, I usually forget to check them out. I also
So what made you use the Pear Tawashi pattern for the body? Have you seen this pattern before the frog one?
I don’t know what made me think of using your pattern like that. I think it was one of those
Did you find my pattern easy to read and understand?
I did! it was
PROJECT DETAILS OF TAWASHI FROG
Pear Tawashi pattern from Salihan Crafts and Frog Toy pattern from Caron.com
Green worsted I had from a vintage yarn score from Craigslist… epic story in and of itself!
I believe I used G, im pretty sure, but I didn’t write it down (bad bad me) and H as the pattern calls for on the legs
I made the pattern with worsted yarn, but otherwise followed the patterns straight up. I made the “front” side first then when I finished making the “back” side, I single crochet all around the outside through BOTH edges. I turned them inside out as I found this made the frog thicker/taller. I put the eyes in then stuffed the frog through the “tail” and finished with single crochet to where I had started to single crochet around. I attached the legs amigurumi style to the sides of the body and to the corners where the body and the tail bent.
All photos in this post are copyright of Cristi Nelson
Thank you Cristi for emailing me and sharing your project with us. I had fun reading all about it.
If you have made one of my patterns and would love to show it off here, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to feature you, yes, YOU!
I’ve wanted to crochet a blanket for a few years now.
In a twist of fate, I started working for Ecoyarns on a part-time basis a few months ago. One day, while I was preparing sample cards for the EcoOrganic Cotton range, an idea struck me.
I brought the yarn home and brainstormed the idea with Richard. He wasn’t too sure that I should take on such a big project but he could see I was desperate to do it. As soon as I showed him the yarn, he instantly fell in love with the colours and the softness of the organic cotton. He was now assured that it was not going to look like a typical nanna blanket.
I spent that weekend winding the yarn into cakes, with the “help” of Olly. He was trying very hard not to attack the yarn as it whizzed past. It was truly impressive how well behaved he was. He eventually moved away and slept under the table instead. What a good cat!
Just looking at the colours made me so happy! Look how pretty they are, all snuggled up close to each other.
When I eventually started crocheting, I could not stop.
The blanket grew quickly as I crocheted every chance I got. It became my Australian Open companion. As the tennis players manipulated the ball with a twitch of the wrist, I did the same with mine on the blanket. Alas, the tennis is over and I’ve managed to crochet 5 of the 16 colours.
Here it lays on the bed it is destined for.