Getting your yarn from a skein to a ball is dull and sometimes backache inducing. The skein needs to be kept taut in order to stop the yarn becoming tangled as it unravels (and believe me, it really does get tangled) but there are plenty of ways to achieve this.
As you can see, I use two dining room chairs.
The other methods known to me are:
– sitting with your legs out in front of you on the floor and wrapping the skein around your own feet
– asking a patient spouse or friend to hold the skein as you unravel it
– just using the deskeining gismo in the yarn store (I’m a bit scared of the gismo though, as it does look like a pronged torture device)
Does anyone else have any good ways to get your yarn into a ball?
(And yes, that is the half kilometer skein of yarn on the chairs.)