Welcome to Part 3 of my YarnBox Journey series! Check out the previous posts so you’ve got all the details! :)
After a few days on the dry racks with fans blowing around the clock, the yarn is nice and dry and fluffy and soft.
To make it easier to move from there to the re-skeining station in my room, across the house, we’d take each dye lot of 3 and twist them together as one skein. Then we could put them in a box to move them.
Those skeins look kinda blotchy, but that’s because they haven’t been re-skeined yet! As I mentioned here on the blog before, re-skeining helps distribute the variations so that each skein has a wonderful depth to it.
Anyway, back on track… My sister, Jenn, helped me with this part of the process. We would set up our drop-leaf table in my room with the umbrella swift on one side and our spiffy Dad-made modernized Amish swift on the other side.
Sometimes the skeins were a little messy despite my efforts to keep them neat. There were a few really tangled ones, but Jenn is the super de-tangler and can conquer any tangles that arise! I kid you not.
Once the skein was neat, though, she really got going fast thanks to the swift Dad made! He engineered it so that we can sit and turn a handle as fast as we want to. It was a back and arm saver! Those of you who have used an Amish swift know what I’m talking about!
When Jenn finished re-skeining, we tied the ends of the yarn together and lined the skeins up on my bed, where they waited to be braided by yours truly.
I won’t show the braiding part — trade secret and all that. But I will show a braided skein with a lovely label on it tomorrow!
Come back tomorrow for the last part of the series: Packaging.