A Tangle

G'day all!

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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!



  1. Anonymous12:26 pm

    Too funny. I'm the first type of person. Lucky for me I have someone who is the second type of person in my life!


  2. I'm one of the second type just like you, I can't wait to get my hands on the mess and make it all ordered, maybe it's something about being in control? Who knows. I just go into a Zen state as I untangle and get such a feeling of achievement when it is done. (*grin*)

  3. ooooo...pretty

  4. I am often Type 2 with other people's tangles, but Type 1 with my own. Very nice untangling and dyeing!!


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