7.15.2011

Seriously Tangled...

I treated myself to a couple skeins of hand spun yarn last weekend. Yummy! That night I sat down to wrap them into tidy balls and do you know what happen... I ended up with a tangled mess! Oh my goodness... I became so frustrated with this beautiful ball that I threw it back in the bag and went on with my day. So help me out here people. What am I doing wrong???

19 comments:

  1. The same thing happened to me a few weeks ago when I got some yarn at a yarn shop... I didn't have them wind it, so I had to do it by hand. It was a big long twisted skein, right? I struggled through two skeins and finally took it with me to my mom's house and had my sister hold the skein while I wound it. You know those old-timey pictures where someone has yarn looped around their hands, looking bored as can be while Grandma is winding a ball? That's pretty much what we did. But once it's all tangled, you pretty much just have to drive yourself nuts trying to untangle it. =( I'm the untangling master - my kids used to find a way to mess up my yarn every project until I got the bright idea of not leaving it out when I wasn't using it. LOL

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  2. When you can't find a willing pair of hands, put your skein over the back of a dining/kitchen chair, no tangled mess!
    Carol xx

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  3. Yarn barf sucks!!! I use my littlies stool turned upside down but I still sear A LOT when this happens.
    xx

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  4. I wrap it around my knees while sitting on the sofa, and that works perfectly. I have a ball winder but actually prefer to wind it myself, it helps me get to know the yarn better.
    Good luck,
    Meredith

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  5. I'm sure I've seen on my perambulations through the wonder that is Ravelry a group there populated by people who LOVE untangling knotted up scribbles of yarn, and who would be more than willing, nay, positively DELIGHTED to do it for you. Weirdos.

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  6. Hang in there. You will get to the end. I always find this a challenge. Hope you were watching T.V. at the same time.

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  7. I agree with Carol. The back of a chair works well if there is no one home to hold your hard with their hands coming up through the circle of yarn from the bottom. My husband is a good yarn holder, but sorry, he's mine. Hee-hee.

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  8. I had the same thing happen to me as I'd never seen or unwould a hank of yarn before. I found that the back of the chair works well, but the key is to not at any point to try to take the yarn over the yarn to take out what seems to be a knot. I've found that it works best to pull up about ruler size lengths of yarn at a time and wind as I go. I hope that it makes sense what I'm saying, and hope that it helps! :)

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  9. You are not doing anything wrong. Just follow the suggestions from the friends above. Though two extra hands work the best.

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  10. I invested in a swift. Marvellous. Really worth it!

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  11. Put the skein over your feet and wind from there. Works if you don't have a helper!

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  12. I had the same problem and I took it back. I got a new one and I was happy again.

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  13. Oh, how I hate when that happens! I think you came up with the best solution. Just walk away for a while, until you're no longer frustrated. And then repeat as necessary until it's done. Then just enjoy the heck out of the yarn!!!

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  14. I usually sit Indian style and put the skein of yarn around my knees, or sometimes us a back of a chair. I hate knots in yarn, it is so frustrating. Good Luck you can do it.

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  15. I completely empathise! I have a tutorial demonstrating how to unravel yarn on my blog which shows how I do it...however, I will have to revise it with an update as I have recently purchased expensive yarn which would not unravel my way and ended up looking like yours! Argh!!

    I walked away from it confused and frustrated!

    Then I went to the shop - well, wouldn't you know it, there are 2 internal yarn wrap systems and wrapped 1 way - it unravels perfectly and wrapped another way with an internal twist and you will never unravel it, it has to be pulled as is as you go along. When you reach the middle you will see a loop knot which you gently pull off and keep going. How to tell which is which?? No way to tell!!

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  16. The same thing happened to me last friday night - it took maybe a minute to make a knotty mess, and HOURS to get it right again. I gave it to my boyfriend - men love challenges!

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  17. I just came across your blog and saw this post and HAD to comment... I just bought a 1lb "grab bag" of 100% cotton yarn yesterday and didn't notice that it wasn't in skeins... it's one huge mess. I spent 2 hours last night trying from one end... then the other.... UGH, not even 1/4 of the way through and I cut it TWICE!! :'( did you ever figure out your "yarn barf" as one follower put it above? :)

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