You get what you get … You pay less, you get cheap. I got the same at Michaels and Hobby Lobby, not once but multiple times. And I can no longer keep quiet. While those companies offer a wide variety of attractive yarns in pretty colors, the quality is poor and there are knots! I understand that quality is price-based but … knots… ???? The picture shows a knot in a brand new skein from Loops & Threads distributed by Michaels Stores. Glad I discovered the Russion joint to minimize this uncontournable default.