Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Center Pull Puke


It always seems to happen at some point. My nice center pull cake of yarn vomits up its guts. It's not a pretty sight. I know that Carol has blogged about this. And if she's not pulling from the center, I'm not pulling from the center either. Who's with me on this?

17 comments:

Elemmaciltur said...

To my understandings - and experience (which is not as much as most knitters have) - the centre-pull yarn-cake usually collapse after you've knitted with quite an amount of yarn out of that cake. If the yarn is transported in a bag or whatever that would squish the yarn around, the twining in the centre of the cake might get tangled up resulting in the ball 'puking' when you next pull the yarn from the centre.

I have no remedy for this apart from just playing kitty for a while. Other than that, I try to transport the cake that has been used up quite a bit carefully.

Anonymous said...

I tend to rewind that collapsed center as I much prefer to pull from the center. The current ball, that I'm not taking from the center, has released its center anyway so I had to deal with it and push it back in.
Gillian

Anonymous said...

I'm with you. When I first got my ball winder, I had read that you should pull from the center. HA! yarn puke every time. grrrr. I pull from the outside now. No yarn puke.
Janet, wondering why she ever follows any advice in the first place

Annie said...

I find that happens when a lot of yardage is wound into one cake. I typically pull from the center since I travel with my yarn a lot, but you're right. Sometimes it's just as much of a hassle, if not more, to clean up a yarn barf.

anne marie in philly said...

my first read elicited laughter (yarn puke - bwahahahahah).

for me, it depends on the yarn manufacturer. but 98 times out of 100, I pull outside in, instead of inside out.

LaurieM said...

I'm with you! I pull from the outside. It comes off nice enough.

Anonymous said...

I like to roll skeins on my thumb and then pull from the center -- and I do get little pukies from time to time, but nothing too huge -- more like a wee kitty hairball. The yarn cakes off ballwinders seem to disgorge more.

The mind wanders to other vomit tales, involving blueberries, and cheetos, and long car rides on winding country roads ....

--tina

Christie said...

That totally cracked me up!

It happens to me too...I usually just wind the puke around the cake and go from there.

nova said...

pulling from the center is so gauche. Knitting from the outside is totally the new cool.

Bridget said...

I'm with you - pulling from the center works only so long for me, and then I get really annoyed, and then I try to re-wind, which makes it worse ...

Anyway, count me in!

HPNY Knits said...

"yarn puke" ha ha ha.
it depends on the material. silky fibers will collapse from both directions. wool and wool blends hold the shape better. I like to center pull- but restrain my skein in a small or a bowl.

tiennie said...

I'm joining you! I don't pull from the center either.

Laurie said...

This always happens to me when I've done the winding. The very first tug on the center pull strand and I've got the yarn vomit.

Very frustrating since I'm using a ball winder!

Liz K. said...

I just had this thought myself with some laceweight, which is a BITCH to untangle. I am knitting from the outside.

Vive la revolution!

pamela wynne said...

Count me in! Tomorrow, I'll be casting on from the outside for the first time. :)

Christy said...

I started knitting from the outside quite awhile ago. I hate the puking!

Petra said...

My Sea Silk did the same thing! Then got so tangled that I had to cut it... TWICE! I learned my lesson. If it is remotely slippery, I will pull from the outside. So sorry! I hope yours straightens right out!