So many of those gorgeous hand-dyed yarns come in hanks. They are wonderful to watch at - but you can't knit them without winding them into a ball. Even better: a centre-pull ball! There are ball winders to help you do that (something like this for example), but I've never been willing to spend money for this. An alternative would be a nostepinne. I don't own one of these, therefore I'm using my standard egg whisker.
And that's how I do it:
First, let me introduce the protagonists:
A hank of Wollmeise 100% Merino in the "Blaue Tinte" colourway:
And a standard household egg whisker:
First, I untwist the hank:
When I'm alone I just sit on the couch, put my feet on the table and the big loop of yarn over me knees. Then I open my knees until the yarn sits tightly and doesn't go anywhere, but is not stretched too much.
One end of the yarn I tie to the wire part of the egg whisker:
Then I wrap the yarn around the handle of the whisker for a few centimeters:
And wrap a second layer on top of this one:
When you have two layers, you start wrapping the thread diagonally around the handle (white arrow). After each wrap, you turn the whisker a little bit towards you (red arrow):
Keep doing this until you have reached the desired height of the skein:
Then, you go for width: Don't put the thread all the way to the top/bottom of the ball, but stay little bit closer to the center (indicated by the white lines), so that the ball grows to be more cylindrical:
Soon, an edge starts to form:
And it grows ...
And finally, you're done:
Congratulations to your wonderful, easy-to-knit center-pull ball!