What do these words meen?

theres a few terms i hear on heear and im not entirely sure what they meen. can you help?

  1. Frogging
  2. a skein
  3. a ball (of yarn)
    and finally
  4. FO

thank you :slight_smile:

Frogging is unravelling your knitting if you’ve made a mistake (‘rip-it rip-it’)

–> :frog:

A skein is yarn that comes like this -->

A ball of yarn looks like this

–>

A FO is a finished object

:slight_smile:

Actually, I would call that a hank… :shrug: I would call a skein something like this

Really? That’s what came up when I looked for pics! I stand corrected then :teehee: :notworthy:

here’s a pic I took to show (what I’ve always been told) L to R a Skein, Hank and handwound ball.

oo controversy!

i think i might be knitting from a skein then
hank was the other word i wanted to know about

actually im knitting froma big tangle at the moment :!!!:

Kintting from a skein is not a great idea, as I’m sure you’ve figured out with your tangled mess.

I THINK~ that this “controversy” is just an excuse for someone to show off their yarn “booty”~! :whistle:

If you are knitting from a skein, it should not have tangled. If you are knitting from a hank, it will ALWAYS tangle. You must wind a hank into a ball or skein before you can knit from it.

If you are knitting from a skein, it should not have tangled. If you are knitting from a hank, it will ALWAYS tangle. You must wind a hank into a ball or skein before you can knit from it.[/quote]
If you took the yarn from the middle of the skein, it shouldn’t have tangled, like cawthraven said. Maybe you’re working from a hank? :shrug:

Actually, a centre pull skein, a skein, and a ball. I envy you your skein.

Actually, a centre pull skein, a skein, and a ball. I envy you your skein.[/quote]

The middle picture, the Cherry Tree Hill, is a hank.

I class a skein & hank as the same thing … i.e. anything that has to be wound before use is to me a skein or hank …(in my own little world that is :teehee: )

Why is a hank wound the way it is? :shrug: If from what I’ve been reading, you need to put it into the form of a ball or skein, why even manufacture it that way? :?? I’m just still completely lost on all the different types of yarn, the specific uses of them, etc. I haven’t had enough experience with them all yet.

From what I’ve gleaned, it can damage the fiber for it to be tightly wound in a ball or skein and this is why some yarns come in hanks. Yarn in hanks in my neck of the woods tends to (but not always) be the “nicer” yarn and is more expensive.

My personal belief is that they sell certain yarn in hanks to convince you it’s “nice” so they can charge you more money for it. :!!!: And I fall for it every time! :teehee:

There’s a link in my sig to knitting abbreviations that may help you out, too.

I think my main problem came, not from knitting froma skein, but from taking my knitting to work with me in my handbag, dropping it on the bus, kicking it off hte bed, getting a for stuck in it and so on …

Isn’t what we call a hank here in the States referred to as a skein in the UK? I could be wrong, but perhaps that is where some of the terminology confusion comes from. I’ve always been taught that a skein is wound like an oblong ball, a hank is twisted then tied and a ball is any of the two wound into a ball.