I placed an order with a discounter. I admit I bought for price and color.
This is a lesson in how NOT to buy yarn.
The yarn was too thin - Ill have to double up.
Place another order. It is no longer quite the same bargin. I have to wait another week.
The yarn is greasy and stiff. It will have to be washed.
That means I will have to wind it off into skeins.
I have about 3720 yards.
I dont have a swift. I dont have a niddy.
I do have a nifty rocking chair. 5.5 feet around, 202 wraps for about 370 yards each skein. 10-15 minutes a skein - about 10 skeins (and dang they sent me a few more yards than I ordered! More winding.
These are nice and tidy hanks. I am proud of my work and my arms only hurt a little. But I have only wound 1/3 the yarn.
I plan to get some washed and be able to knit while the rest is drying.
Now to wash.
I dont have a washing machine. I do have a dish tub. About 3 skeins to the tub. 2 rinses.
Ill have to press out the water by hand. Thats a lot of pressing and sqeezing. Im thinking of buying a salad spinner - will that work?
My hands are stiff will I be able to knit?
I hang the skeins in the tub on plastic tube hangers. They drip constantly and for the first few hours I go in every half hour and squeeze some more. They are finally dry the next morning.
The second batch I dry outside. More squeezing every half hour - but the skeins are dry in half the time.
Dang the yarn is still stiff. I used cool water the first time. Many people say to use hot. Wash again.
The wash water is the color of dark tea. Its natural color wool - thats a lot of dirt and grease. Yup hot water is the ticket. (please dont felt please dont felt!)
Rinse 2 times. More drying.
Still only have 4 skeins wound. Its enough to start knitting.
I dont have a ball winder. I dont have a noste. I have a stash of toilet paper tubes. I put the hank on a table and anchor the corners with soup cans. The yarn winds off easily - except where the hank got twisted.
For about 40 minutes I wrap my yarn around the toilet paper tube.
The ball is big - like a small grapefruit. I have to double it up remember? Wind another ball. I STILL have to knit the sweater.
I have not wound all the yarn into hanks. I still have to wash most of it.
If I had to charge for this sweater no one could afford it!