I always wonder if I am the only person in the world that pulls from the outside strand of a skein of yarn instead of the center. I don't like pulling from the center and then having the skein be all floppy until eventually it just ends up being one big tangled mess. If I pull from the outside it stays looking nice and neat and I don't have to worry about winding it into a ball (by hand) to store the leftovers. So why doesn't everyone pull from the outside? Because it is time consuming! You get into a rhythm and are finally crocheting at a good rate of speed and then you have to stop to unwind some more yarn because your skein has fallen off your lap and rolled halfway across the floor. So, while working on my current project, the Breath Baby Blanket by Jody Pyott, and having my giant Caron One Pound skeins fall off my lap several times, I decided it was time to do something about it. I went to the drawer where I keep all of my knitting needles and grabbed a 14" size 10 needle. I inserted it through the center of the skein. Perfect fit!
Next, I began the search for the perfect sized box. I found one that was just the right size but it already had stuff in it, so I improvised by taping the flaps up to make the box taller so I wouldn't have to take everything out of it.
Then, I cut a small slit in the side flap and then another small slit in the opposite flap and put the ends of my knitting needle in them.
Now the skein unwinds as I am working. No slowing me down, no rolling across the floor, and best of all.... NO TANGLED MESS! Woohoo! :)