Storing Your Yarn
You have done a lot of work so far, and now you have usable beautiful hand spun yarn. But now, it's time to twist it into a hank or wind it into a ball.
Making a Hank
Making a twisted hank of yarn is a great way to display your hand spun yarn and all of your hard work. If you plan on selling your hand spun yarn at craft fairs, or to a local yarn shop storing your yarn in a hank is the common way of showing off your stuff! It's also the most convenient way to store your yarn on shelves as a hank will not roll around, and you can stack many hanks together on a shelf.
The first step in making a hank is to put your hands into your loop of yarn and hold it taught.
Next, twist the loop to make a long twisted snake.
Keeping the twist, bring your hands together. Transfer the yarn looped around one hand over to the other, (similar to making a sock ball) and pull the yarn from that hand through the loop.
Pull the yarn from that hand through the loop, and voila, you now have a hank of your yarn.
Making a Ball
Before using your yarn, making a ball of yarn is a must! It ensure that, as you knit or crochet, your yarn flows smoothly which will keep a consistent tension in your work (makes your projects smooth and professional looking), and makes sure there are not tangles or knots in your yarn.
Take one end of your yarn, hold it with your thumb against your fingers, and wrap it around your hand 20-30 times.
Remove the looped yarn from your hand, and begin wrapping the yarn perpendicularly around the looped yarn. Wrap it around 3 or 4 times.
Fold the yarn in half, over itself, and continue to wind the yarn around the tiny ball you've created.
As you wind the yarn around the ball, be sure to spin the ball ever so slightly to evenly distribute the yarn and keep the desired spherical shape.
Once all of your yarn is wound into a ball you'll need to secure the loose end so that the ball doesn't unravel on you. Simply lift a few strands of yarn and then pass the loose end under them.
Store balls of yarn in baskets until you're ready to create something with them!