The first time I purchased a hank of yarn, the shop owner advised me, "Be sure to wind it into a ball, you can't knit it like that." I got my hank home and thought I was so smart..."no need to wind it into a ball, I'll just hang it right here on this hook on the back of the door," I thought. Well, have you ever tried to knit a hank that way? It definately does not work. The yarn gets twisted, if any loops fall off they get all tangled on one another, knots everywhere! Okay, lesson learned. I ruined an expensive hank of yarn and was never able to finish my project.
This how-to video shows you in a few steps how easy it is to wind a hank of yarn into a ball. Some yarn shops do have winding machines, but it is something every knitter should know how to do. I find it a very relaxing part of the knitting process. Enjoy!