my Zauberball disappointment

aka: “It’s not my job to spend half my knitting time untangling yarn which I paid for”
aka: “If a company cannot wind their balls properly, they should just sell yarn in skeins”

Etc. I have many other raging and steaming titles that I came up with during my hour-long fight with a Zauberball last night.

I was sitting on my couch peacefully, knitting along on my vanilla sock. And all of a sudden I found my yarn in a horrible tangle. I untangled (which took a while) and continued. Only to come upon the same situation a few moments later. The way the yarn was wound into the ball meant that as I progressed, every now and then a section of about 20 loops around the ball would simply come off the ball, and then promptly proceed to tangle itself up into a mess that even the most zealously playful kitten couldn’t create. Again. And again. And again. Trying to take matters into my own hands, I decided to rewind the ball using my ball winder. Well, there my troubles only began. The same thing kept happening, and the yarn would get into such a mess that I had no choice  but to cut off the knot and start over with the next section. The biggest surprise came when I reached the centre of the ball. Well, I don’t think that thing really deserves to be called “centre of the ball”. It was just a bunch of yarn (5 grams at least), just kind of shoved in there, following no order or method. You can see it in the lower right corner of the photo above, pretty much as it was when I discovered it. At the end of this nightmare, this is what I ended up with, from what was supposed to be a single 100 gram ball of yarn.

For all their beautiful colours and cool combinations, I have no respect for a yarn company that sells yarn like this. For a yarn that I had been looking forward to trying for years, I am bitterly disappointed. They will certainly not be receiving any of my business anymore.

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I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

15 thoughts on “my Zauberball disappointment

    • To be honest I just want to throw the whole thing into trash and never see it again! But I guess with time I’ll adopt a more constructive approach :)

  1. That really sucks about your ball. I’ve had that experience with Araucania sock yarns. At my LYS we joke that children must put the hanks together because they’re always a bitch to wind. I also get infuriated when a company has knots in a ball, especially when they break up a color repeat (Ahem, Mochi).

    I have some socks going from their Crazy yarn and it was ok when I rewound it, but I weighed the ball before winding it (to make sure I made even balls) and it was about 6 grams light. Maybe that’s not such a big deal, but when you’re trying to make two balls and match color repeats in a sock, you need every little bit. I wrote the company and they said it could have lost moisture, making it weigh less, but it should still be the right length. Who knows. It was my first time trying the yarn. I have one more ball of theirs, so we’ll see how that one turns out.

  2. I had no such problems with my Zauberball, all went smoothly and I loved it. Rotten luck for you to have one like this!

    Re weights of balls and skeins – I think this can be unfair, but equally, *can* sometimes be to do with different conditions between the place where the yarn was prepped and where it’s used. Eg if a skein is wound in a wet place – say Wales, or Singapore – then used in a dry place – let’s say south Australia or Death Valley – the weights will vary quite a bit, because of how wool holds wetness.

    Just a thought!

  3. Ouch. I just had a ball of yarn that was made of maaany single thread segments knotted together – but it was the first time I had a problem with this brand, and hopefully the last!

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  5. I have just reached the end of my patience with Zauberball, this is my 3rd ball from my stash that I have had similar problems with. Knots – who wants knots in their socks!!! Messy tangles that take hours to undo. Plus real disappointment with the colour range in balls. I have used this yarn often and have made some lovely socks, but the recent ones are a real disappointment. One had 20 grams of black in a muticolour ball, another had over half as one single colour when it should be multicolour. 3 balls have very different weights, 100gr, 95 gr. and 90, this is just not on ! I wont buy any more, which is a real disappointment because the earlier yarn was just lovely.

  6. I do a lot of design work with Zauberballs. Here is my experience with them:
    1. I’ve had problems with Zauberballs I purchased in late 2014-mid 2015. Knots, short ball, bad splice, etc. Balls that I purchased earlier than that and later than that haven’t had this sort of problem. The Zauberballs I bought within the last six months have been very clean and the weight was accurate. I don’t know what happened at Schoppel Wolle, but they appear to have fixed the problems.
    2. Zauberballs falling apart happens. The best way to avoid this problem is to put the ball on a yarn spindle. It doesn’t completely solve the problem, but it makes it much likely to happen. I have 3 yarn buddies–and I love them!

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