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I use the empty 2 liter soda bottles. By cutting off the top, about 2 inches from the curve, you can put a smaller skein or a ball down inside.
Thread the end through the top and simply pop the top back on. I find inside the bottom works better than outside. You have a nice clean place where it can't get tangled.
I make a lot of scrap squares so sometimes I put smaller balls inside the bottle and keep them and a hook inside the car for times when I have to wait for someone.
Not only does the ball not tangle, but it stays clean and drives the cats crazy!
I've been doing this a long time. You can do some amazing things with these handy bottles.
By Sandi from Salem, OR
When knitting or crocheting, put your skein/ball of yarn in an empty tissue box. It keeps the yarn in place, and helps keep it from rolling around and getting tangled. It also keeps it cleaner, since it won't fall on the floor. Your yarn stays where you put it.
I let the strand of yarn come out of the tissue opening most of the time. But for bigger skeins that fit in the box a bit tight, I make a small hole in one end, and pull the strand out through the hole. I wish I'd thought of this a long time ago! You can use different size boxes for different size skeins/balls. This is especially good when you are using more than one color at a time, since it really cuts down on tangling.
By schyresti from North Royalton, OH
When I'm getting ready to knit or crochet something I take a small coffee can and put a hole in the lid, drop my ball of yarn in and feed the loose end through the hole before casting on my stitches.
This keeps the yarn from tangling up while working on my project.
It's always easiest to use yarn which pulls from the center. If you have some that does not pull from the center of the skein, here's a simple solution. Holding the end of the yarn in the heel of your hand, wrap the yarn around your thumb 12 or 15 times. Continue wrapping the yarn as your would make a ball, moving and turning your hand so the yarn will be evenly spread out. Ball the entire skein (half skein if it's a large one) and then remove your thumb. The yarn will pull from the center of the ball with no problem.
Source: This came from some website, but I don't remember which one. The yarn I was using at the time pulled from the center. When I got a skein which flip flopped because it was unwinding from the outside, I remembered the tip and tried it. It really works great.
By Clynn from Inglis, FL
I use the smaller mesh bags that fruit and vegetables come in to hold the balls of wool when I am knitting. I do not have wool unraveling any more and I find the wool easier to work with when I am traveling.