The other day I did some fibre-reactive dyeing. It is for cotton and other cellulose fibres like bamboo. I dyed up a t-shirt and decided to play with a ball of a new sock yarn, Kertzer On Your Toes. It is 75% bamboo, 25% nylon so the fibre-reactive dyes should work.
The only problem with this sort of dyeing is that you are supposed to machine wash the item in hot water. Being a clueless noob to this, I chucked the rinsed yarn in a lingerie bag and threw it in. A ball, not a skein with many many ties.
Well it came out looking like this:
A very pretty mess.
I've found there are two types of people in the world when they see tangled yarn.
- Those who throw their hands to the sky and exclaim "Woe is me*, my yarn is a tangled mess and I must throw it out!" and
- Those who see a tangled skein and They MUST Untangle It!
*Or words to that effect, probably words that involved a lot of cussing.
I've taken tangled yarn into my LYS and practically been knocked over by women who want to untangle it. They get very disappointed when I defend it vigorously - mine, MINE! Get your mucky paws off it! My yarn to untangle! And their fingers twitch as they watch me untangle the yarn and they sneakily fondle a far-flung strand....
It seems I am the second type of person.
See? A nice handwound being tamed ball of yarn from the tangled skein. Now to find time to knit it!