Do I need to wind my yarn into a ball?
You simply need to wind the skein into a ball yourself either using a swift and winder, or by hand. Winding into a ball is an extra process in the manufacture of yarns.
How do you turn a skein into a ball?
Snip the yarn that is holding the skein together, and finding an end, wrap the yarn around your hand a few dozen times. Slip the yarn off your hand, keeping it neatly contained. Now firmly holding the beginning of the ball, wind the yarn perpendicular to the first wraps.
Why is yarn not sold in balls?
The biggest reason yarn so often comes in hanks is that it travels much more reliably that way. Wound balls tend to snag, fall apart, and generally become tangled knots. Also, leaving yarn unwound is usually better for the fiber for storage.
Can you knit straight from a skein?
Frankly, if you can wind a ball of yarn by hand without a swift or a ball winder, you can knit directly from a skein. The only difference between the two is winding the skein up between knitting sessions.
Which end of yarn do I start with?
To start a pull skein, pull the yarn end out from the center of the left side. Then slowly pull the yarn end from the center of the right side. The one on the right side is the yarn end you will continue to use. It is important that the left yarn end be pulled free.