Alison here, and this week I am so excited to be able to share a Tip Tuesday with you from one of my favorite makers and fellow OML dream teamers, Nathan! Nathan owns and runs his Etsy shop LoopNThreads and is an all-around awesome knitter. He works tirelessly helping us plan and make OML great and I thought it would be particularly fitting that he be the first featured maker for Tip Tuesday!
Ready to turn a beautiful hank of yarn into a workable skein Nathan style? Ok, let's go!
Hi makers, I'm Nathan and I'm pretty excited about this week's Tip Tuesday. So hanks are pretty to look at, but not the most user friendly when starting a project. Where is the loose end? How do I avoid the evil YARN MONSTER?! (the yarn monster sneaks into your closet at night and tangles your yarn). Here is a neat little tip to avoid all of that and shave time off your next project.
Start off by making a slip knot around your needle or hook (use your biggest needle or hook so it’s easier to pull out).
Start wrapping around your needle or hook. Be sure to keep the tail from the slip knot away. I am using my left hand to do so.
Start to wrap in a figure 8. This helps shape your ball. Make sure you keep the tail of the slip knot to the side with your off hand.
Eventually you’ll get something like this. Tuck the last wrap under yarn while letting the tail from the slip knot hang out the opening in the photo below.
Now pull the slip knot tail to undo the slip knot. You now have completed a center pull! Little hacks like these make your craft that much more fun.
No more inner knitting or crochet demons coming out through your frustration, because of endless tangles. No more of your yarn ball rolling around. Let it sit in place and pull away!
Have a maker tip idea of your own? Email us with "OML Tip Tuesday" in the subject line. We'd love to work on a maker feature with you!
Alison & Nathan, OML dream team
Nathan is an OML dream teamer and the knitter behind LoopNThreads. He would be wrong to say he found knitting: it's more like knitting found him. He always had a creative and wild imagination for making things, and now he rarely puts his needles or hook down. Manipulating yarn has introduced him to many great things. It has also helped him connect with the past, being that his great grandmother was a knitter and crafter of many things. Nathan is starting to realize the world is limitless with creativity.