Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yarn Barf

You know what I'm talking about: a big ol' tangled mess coming from yarn with serious internal problems.

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!

yarn barf
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.....


  1. You and I have different definitions of Yarn Barf. I thought you were gonna show us some reeeeally HIDEOUS yarn, and I was like, but that's pretty! LOL (Of course it is, it's mmmmalabrigo!)

    Glad you could get it all sorted out.

  2. Great title for the blog! I knew exactly what you meant. Once I found myself in a similar situations and ended by throwing the stuff across the room. It takes quite a lot to get me that frustrated. Thank goodness it wasn't very expensive.

  3. Super cute hat! I really love that warm shade of yellow. :)

  4. OUCH!! It hurts me to just look at it :-(