Skein vs hank

Alex just asked me what the difference is between a skein and a hank. I thought they were the same, but I looked it up and it turned out they are not! Skeins are like balls, but a tubular shape, rather than a sphere, and are ready to knit. A hank is “yarn wound into a large circle and then folded”, and must be balled before knitting.

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http://www.dummies.com/crafts/knitting/knitting-yarn/types-of-yarn-packaging/

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