I have tried to get a lot of re-skeining done in the last little while, much easier said than done. For the most part it goes well and there aren’t a lot of problems, but for the one or two problems you do have… it totally washes out the rest of the success.
I have been eternally grateful to Liane, who has been coming over and helping me throughout the day. I hope she isn’t put off knitting by all the yarn tangles that happen while re-skeining; at least she will have a great grasp of how to untangle her own snags when they come along!
I am really dreading re-skeining of the Topaz and Amber Label yarn. These skeins were only tied twice instead of three times, so sorting them out for re-skeining is going to be a pain in the… er… lower back. Usually if they are tied three times, it keeps all the stranding running in the same direction. When there are only two ties, the strands can flip around and run counter to the rest of them. So while you have your skein on a swift and are unraveling it in a clock-wise fashion, some of the strands may need to be unraveled counter clock-wise. The swift really does not like going from clock-wise to counter clock-wise, at all.
This is where all the snags happen. It’s really not as simple as ‘the swift will just start turning the other way’. Usually all the strands of yarn run over and under one another; some gentile tugging in the right directions usually sorts it out if the skein isn’t too far gone. The overlapping strands just slide out of the way.
There are times when the strands running the wrong direction completely stop your original unwinding. They loop around that single strand and the only way to fix that is taking your freshly re-skeined yarn off the second swift and pass it though the loop. This will, of course, make your skein look scruffy and you will end up needing to re-skein again!
Instead of doing this, I sometimes just start balling the skein from the other end. The loose tail is not too hard to find and much easier to get around then the whole skein. This way the fresh skein stays on the swift and you can just skein the rest, from the ball.