Piggy is particularly prone to tangles (this blog's subtitle is literal as well as figurative); temperamental skeins, hanks and balls of yarn seem to gravitate towards me. I have no idea why, as I'm certainly not cut out for the role of yarn medic; I have no patience for the tedious work of de-tangling.
If anything, I tend to feed the disease, rather than quell it: the yarn almost invariably becomes even more of a tangled clump -- and I turn darker shades of purple with frustration -- before I chuck the whole mess away.
So you can imagine my distress when late Sunday morning, when a skein of lovely Malabrigo Worsted in Pollen succumbed to the disease. Mmmmalabrigo, people!
On the table: about to make the critical cut.
It was a particularly advanced form, too: it had reached the projectile stage. Barfage everywhere.
I tried to save it all, honestly I did. But the clock was ticking (I had to grab a shower before heading out to meet MrsQ for some pre-Wrangler meet-up shopping), and the damage so severe that the only thing for it was surgical amputation. When all was said and done, a good five yards was left on the operating table.
Fortunately, I am occasionally willing to own up to my inadequacies and ask for help. So I gathered up the patient and transported it to the Grind for further treatment. The wonderful beentsy managed to save most of what was left; there are a couple of breaks, but the bulk of the 216 yards made it into a single ball.
I'm afraid I have no photos of this second operation, but after some time in recovery, I managed to transform the patient into a decent cake o' Mal, which is now leading a productive life as a Cabled Baby Hat in progress.
Post-recovery: the salvaged amputees, the cake & the WIP.
With any luck, the disease won't spread to the rest of the stash.
An interesting note: when typing up this post, I looked up "tangle" in the Thesaurus. (Piggy is just a tad anal about repetition, and didn't like two forms of the word in the first two sentences.) Interestingly, one of the suggested synonyms for "tangle" was "skein". Hmmmmmmm.....