Sometimes— that is just the way it goes.
Remember this? As I wound it onto my swift—before I dyed it--I stopped and tied the strands.. not once, not twice…but 4 times.(that is, I bundled the strands after 1/4 had been wound on the swift, and then again, when more yards had been put on, and again 3/4ths of way through, and finally when I has enough (this was done at 4 points!)
The theory was, when it came time to make a ball the 4 ties would keep the strands more or less in order, and things would go smoothly.
Great theory--but it didn’t work. I ended up hand winding the yarn onto a cardboard bobbin (aka empty toilet paper roll!) and on every round of the swift, I had to pass the bobbin under or over a thread or two to untangle--its about 1500 yards (of 100% lace weight cashmere) and that meant, stopping about 1000 times to untangle! (that ball is about the size of large grapefruit!)
I started winding this skein just after Christmas—and just finished it Wednesday.. (it’s been sitting, tangled, on my swift for over a month!)
Her fingerless gloves are now 4 inches or so long, (I am about to start the thumb gusset) made from some old, old stash yarn—2 small (90 yards) skeins of this wool and angora blend.. (90%/10% blend)
It’s super soft to knit with –but it’s almost felted in the skein!
I don’t know if I will finish them tonight-- but I hope so!
--And not 1, but 2 scarves are calling out to me. (and I feel myself about to give into them..)--and another hat or two.. and a vest, and...(will I ever say Z?)