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- You asked for it! Now choose your own colors and sizes! Size small (SM) for up to 4-5 oz skeins. Size large (LG) for up to 7 oz (gang 2 size LG for 16 oz. pounders); 14 inches long.
Soft on hands, no yarn snags.
- Keeps yarn from tangling first pull to last; just-right compression of contents throughout use as skein size decreases. No rough edges, the yarn does not get caught during use.
Insert all sizes & shapes of center-pull skeins, balls, cones.
- Integrity: Regardless of the percentage of stretch at first use, the tenders continue to maintain the integrity of the yarn.
Note that tenders are sort of like panty hose: after you wear them they don’t necessarily go back to the “skinny” string they were right out-of-the-package; but they STILL get the job done!
- FREE (Limited time only) a Best Darn Needles & Hooks Tube included in your order when you purchase 2 sets of BDYT (photo below)
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Recently reviewed at (copy and paste): beatriceryandesigns.com/2020/06/29/yarn-product-review-love-the-yarn-tender/
“Tangle Angles” of Yarn
***First Question: How do I fix a simple tangle? Most importantly, don’t create a knot:
Yarn tangles are just that – “tangles.” They are not “knots.” When a tangle occurs gently pull apart the tangled strands so that they may separate and the tangle will be gone.
Again, tangles are not knots. If you decide that “this loop/strand needs to go, say, “under and through that one” you will be creating a knot. The moment you do this you are in for a boatload of now-created knot problems that did not exist to begin with.
Where did that yarn skein tangle come from anyway? They happen at the end of the assembly line:
After fibers are produced, the creation of yarn skeins begin and end in the assembly line at the factory, from physical spools that can weigh hundreds of pounds, to the tidy paper-banded/labeled center-pull skein.
Equipment is tooled to create “Center-Pull” skeins, including designated yardage lengths. During the step whereby individual skeins reach the set yardage length there is a final machined cutting mechanism that cuts the yarn away from the last station of the labyrinth (that began at the giant spool (photo left). Here is where the predestined tangles are created: That cut tail now remaining on each new skein mechanically gets inserted/shoved) into the opposite end of the skein (opposite the center-pull start). When that shoving of the tail is completed, the narrow piece of machinery that is doing the shoving will quite often “hook” that tail into the beginning yardage area of the center-pull skein; this can create problems, beginning with the initial yarn barf, when not remedied before use since the tail end is latched around other yarn lengths.
How do I fix that inserted ending tail before I begin using my skein? Here’s how (easy-peasy):
1) Identify the two ends of the skein: the center pull end (photo at right) and the tail that was cut from the giant spool and inserted into the skein (photo at left). Photo at left shows the machined winding path of the yarn just before it makes the cut to insert the tail into the end of the center of the skein.
2) Follow the ending tail and gently pull it out. Return the ending tail length to its ending path. Now the caught tail is rescued and needlework may commence.
3) There may still be additional as-yet unseen internal problems to be discovered during use: Referring back to that mechanism tool that was doing the tail inserting….. During the same motion when the tail was inserted, the “shover” may have “shoved” other existing yarn lengths into one another during the same motion, possibly creating a tangle glob you get from your center-pull skein.
How do I fix a tangle glob? Here’s how: Return to “***First Question” above.
How to I keep my yarn skein in tact from the beginning to the end? Use the “Best Darn Yarn Tenders.”
And, oh by the way….
- My true name is Susan Kerin.
- My website is named “Skerin Knitting and Crochet (the ‘S’ for Susan and my last name, ‘Kerin’)
- Q: Take the ‘r’ out of “Skerin” and what have you got????? A: a skein ! of yarn… ta da.
***** REVISED ‘REVISED REVIEW’: Another 5 Stars from me! I’ve ordered the Yarn tenders several times and keep finding more and more uses for them in my crocheting. This time I bought yardage instead of pre-cut sizes so I could create custom sleeves for smaller quantities when I do colorwork. I use them for smaller cakes wound from a skein and small spools made to address the odd 2-5 sts that crop up as eyes and such on an animal graphghan. I can hold the spool aside without a concern that it will unravel and become a mess in my crochet bag. As usual, I am genuinely pleased with this new offering in size options.
***** REVISED REVIEW:I love, love, love these. This is a revised review as this is my third shipment. I’ve really come to rely on these. I use them to hold the yarn for my active projects. And now I’ve added a new use. I do a lot of crocheting and am using these to handle leftovers, putting more than one color of similar yarn inside the tender. It helps me organize with little fuss. Can’t say enough good things about them. I roll my small, partial leftovers and store similar type/weight yarn balls in the same bra. Just remember to leave a label inside with weight & type of yarn. You can see the colors through tenders. They take the constant use. I posted pictures of some of my ‘leftovers’. Each group is similar so I can spot small amounts of a type when I need it. The tenders hold these mini-collections and I don’t have small balls rolling around and unraveling in my leftovers box. I am still so pleased with these. And I consider them economical as you can’t get anywhere near this quantity from other brands. My earlier review is below so you know why I tried them the first time.
***** I can only say, Wow! again. I read several reviews of other manufacturers of “yarn bras” on other sites. Several complained of problems with yarn bras that pulled threads, etc. But I saw that these had the best reviews so I bought them. These are smooth, easy to use and I don’t know how I ever managed without them. They truly hold the yarn until the end of the strand exits. It holds balls & oblong skeins, pretty well. I had to work with my bulky yarn but these still hold those well to the end. I leave the label on unless I’ve rewound the yarn into a ball; then I just shove the label into the side. I was really impressed while traveling. The yarn stayed put, yet the strand was unencumbered. I’m hooked (a little crochet joke) on these.
***** I’ve tried the Boye yarn sleeves and liked the idea but didn’t like how stiff they were or that things snagged on them. I love the construction of these yarn tenders. They are a much finer mesh so they are softer, more flexible, have more stretch for larger items, and don’t snag. They are also longer than the Boye ones, so they will hold more. My only problem is that they are too big for what I need. I ordered the small size, hoping to organize and protect the dozens of small scrap yarn balls I have. The small ones work great for a standard size skein or larger balls of leftover yarn, but they are too big if you are looking to hold smaller leftovers. Even with the yarn tender folded over, my 3″ yarn balls were falling out when I pulled them out of my project bag. I’d love to see a “mini” offering to manage my leftover collection. Guess I have to go back to Boye for now if I want something small enough for scraps.
***** Great product. I emailed the seller with additional product questions, and she phoned me and answered all my questions and provided additional information and instructions. Very nice lady who has created a great product design. You won’t be disappointed with this or other purchases from her!
***** You will not be disappointed with these. I’ve knitted and crocheted for over 50 years and now wonder how I ever managed without them. Seriously! They make all the difference in the world when working with multiple yarn strands at the same time, and hold the skein neatly as it works down to the end. They’re soft enough not to tear at delicate yarns, and strong enough to hold the yarn snugly.
They also keep your stash yarn clean, neat, and ready to use while in storage. I prefer the white ones so the yarn colors show through, and fold back one edge with the yarn’s label underneath
***** I absolutely love these yarn tenders! I had been wanting to get something like this for a really long time, but the ones you find in the stores are pretty expensive for how few you get. These are really great when I want to have a variety of yarn in my bag for different projects, they keep them from getting tangled up when the skeins start to get loose. I find it pretty easy to tell the small and large ones apart. While large ones do come in more colors you do get a few white ones in the pack, but you can tell the texture is slightly different. The larger ones do feel a little bit smoother than the smaller ones. I like using my large tenders for my 7 oz Red Heart skeins, you can fit a small one on them but I think it’s easier with the bigger size. I haven’t had any problems with the yarn getting snagged while being pulled from the skein, but I also like to prevent any issues by rolling back the very edge of the tender so that it is out of the way while I work.
***** These are the BEST yarn bras ever; the customer service is AWESOME, The owner called me long distance from Maryland to Seattle just to check what i needed. She is passionate about her product and now I am too! I will definitely be a repeat customer.
***** These things are absolutely amazing when you have a lot of projects going on at once. Work great with both wound cakes and center pull skeins. Worked better with some would lily cotton than others. After a few months of use they lose a bit of their elasticity, but still usable. Have been ripped by a puppy and still hold yarn without the hole or two in it. Couldn’t recommend more!
***** These yarn tenders are white mesh tubes that stretch over yarn and fibers wound in the common forms (cones, tubes, skeins, bobbins, and balls). Yarn likes to escape from such restraints. There’s really not a lot to say about these mesh sleeves. The white color doesn’t distort the yarn color. Thirty sleeves will last me for ages. This is a real contrast to th more common packages of five or so sleeves in very bright colors for not a lot less than this package. I must mention that the delivery was really,really fast and the packaging was just right.
***** This is my third order. They are truly the BEST. I have given a few several times to my knitting and crochet friends who have helped me one way or other. It’s a useful and inexpensive THANK YOU gift. They stretch big enough to accept a super size skein and are super soft. Since I get up often, I am constantly dropping my yarn. Using these tenders and pull in yarn I ]don’t have to “chase” a ball across the floor. It also does not put up any lint etc. Additionally, I found the customer service provided by the supplier is outstanding. I received a follow up email after the shipment to be sure it was received and that I was satisfied.
***** I ordered several different types of yarn tenders from different companies. I found these by Skerin Knitting and Crochet to be the best of the bunch by far! These are very easy to use. They keep your yarn from tangling. They don’t snag your yarn and the skein/ball keeps it’s shape til the end. Skerin’s value is terrific. You get 36 in a package instead of 3 or 5. How many of us really are only using 3 or 5 balls of yarn? These are the only ones I will buy from now on.
***** I like to work out of a skein rather than wind my yarn into balls. I received my first yarn tender as a gift and thought it was interesting, but didn’t get around to actually using it for a few weeks. Once I did, though, I was ordering a whole set! It holds the yarn gently, but firmly as I work. It keeps the center-pull end handy and keeps the “back end” from getting in my way. It is useful all the way through the life of the skein – I never have to stop and wind a small ball at the end. And you get so MANY. I have a lot of projects going on at one time and I really appreciated that. I will be keeping myself well supplied with these!
***** I was given 3 of these tenders with my knitting supplies when I started taking lessons from Susan Skerin. I. have since purchased more from her and will need to place a larger order to make all my knitting and crocheting friends happy. Can’t believe how easy it is to control my yarn, keep it flowing smoothly and keep it clean and organized! Best Darn Yarn Tenders are certainly aptly named and I don’t ever want to be without them. The seller/designer/teacher and her product are the best!
***** I am very pleased with these Yarn Tenders. They work very well at keeping my yarn clean since it does not roll around on the floor and elsewhere. These are so superior to other “yarn bras” that I have bought. The “Tenders” are actually tender to the touch as well as doing a good job tending the yarn. The other yarn bras were stiff, scratchy, and got caught on the yarn. I have found the supplier to be very helpful and shipping was swift. I highly recommend buying these.
***** I am very pleased with these “Yarn Bras”. I do a lot of crocheting, and one of the biggest frustrations for me is the balls unwinding and getting all tangled up. I use a yarn winder that winds the skeins into convenient center-pull balls, but when I store them or use them, the outside end unwinds and I end up with a mess. Now I pop the ball into the yarn bra and can pile a whole project’s worth into a bag and have no problems. The yarn slips easily into the mesh sleeves and is kept secure.
The reason this received only 4 stars is that it doesn’t work as well with balls that are hand-wound and not center pull. I have a few older balls of yarn in my stash that are this type, and I frequently need to yank the yarn rather than guiding it with my “yarn” hand.
Other than that, I love these yarn tenders and would recommend them to any crafter who works with yarn.
UPDATE: I have changed my rating to 5 stars for two reasons. This first is that after Skerin pointed out that the description states that it works for CENTER PULL yarn, I found that part of the description: “insert all sizes and shapes of center-pull skeins and balls”. I had misread the descriptions and took “center pull” to apply to the skeins and “balls” meaning all balls. I don’t know why; on re-reading it’s pretty clear.
The second reason is that I don’t even want to put my yarn in my storage drawers without it. I put the yarn in the sleeve and don’t want to take it out when I’m finished the project. I ordered two more sets to get me through Christmas crocheting and, since my stash has over 100 yarns in it, I will probably buy more in the future.
I’m thinking of tying a tag to the bras when I put the skein away. That way I know what yarn it is when I next go to use it. I’m sure there are many crafters out there that know the frustration of picking up an old yarn and not being able to remember the fiber content or colorway when you want to use it and/or order more. I’ll let y’all know how it works.
***** After using several different versions of this, I know which ones I really, really like. My choice is “The Best Darn Yarn Tender. These are very “custom” in fitting any size or shape of my yarn skeins. I need to be able to do something like putting two of them together for longer and/or wider skeins, and do more manipulations with the yarn holders, which these let me do. They have a certain amount of memory whereby they go back to their skinnier shape after use. These are the best I’ve tried. I even called the seller and was overwhelmed with her wealth of knowledge and information about the yarn properties and processes.