Today most skeins are already formed and not in open hanks as they were in the past. Some are even in type of ball where you can use the yarn by pulling from the inside to the outside.
My yarn compulsion is that I HAD to make a ball. Now I'll have to figure out how to use this ball, as I bought it for another purpose than knitting or crocheting and that idea didn't work out for me.
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The Mister says he remembers being the holder while I was the roller. WOW, I must be really old!