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ilse
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USA
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Posted - 02/22/2006 :  10:05:13 PM  Show Profile Send ilse a Private Message
Yup, like it too.
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knittingkeri
Chatty Knitter

197 Posts

Posted - 02/22/2006 :  10:18:28 PM  Show Profile Send knittingkeri a Private Message
We have 1 knitter and 2 crocheters in the house who all share yarn like crazy, and inevitably yarns get tangled with all the digging around in boxes and bins (We have about 12 storage bozes full of yarn between us). My mother & grandmother in law always sit and stare at me as I untangle masses of differnt yarns, and no matter how many times I do it, they still are suprised that I have that much patientence (not very patient with much else). To me, it's relaxing. I like being able to tidy everything up and make it neat again.

Month 2 of the no - new - yarn diet!!!! Plus month 2 of the no more soda diet, guess which one is going better?
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goldietex@aol.com
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Posted - 02/22/2006 :  10:49:53 PM  Show Profile Send goldietex@aol.com a Private Message
My Mom, who taught me to crochet many years ago, called the tangles "nurdles". I still do. And I love to undo them!
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Pampered Punkin
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Posted - 02/22/2006 :  10:58:04 PM  Show Profile Send Pampered Punkin a Private Message
count me in!! I am an untangler also. I've even been known to confiscate yarn from the women in my knitting group and untangle it for them. They don't even have to ask first. I haven't resorted to digging through bags and looking for tangled yarn......yet. For now, I am content to grab it when it makes an appearance on or near the table.


**Trisha**

I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see.

http://knitsterchick.blogspot.com/
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ris_knits
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Australia
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Posted - 02/22/2006 :  11:30:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit ris_knits's Homepage Send ris_knits a Private Message
Would any of you do a mail-order untangling service perhaps?? I would have to be the world's worst untangler. It was only yesterday that I resorted to scissors, and mid project too! I know it's shameful, but I am so amazingly rubbish at sorting them out. I am so envious of the patience that you all seem to possess.
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kim from sweden
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Posted - 02/23/2006 :  12:07:55 AM  Show Profile Send kim from sweden a Private Message
Untangling yarn feels good to me, itīs like solving a problem. And there is a visible result, too!
Kim
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yarnporn
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36 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  12:08:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit yarnporn's Homepage Send yarnporn a Private Message
I hate untangling yarn, probably because I end up having to do it at least every other project! I have been lucky, however, to be in a knitting group with two people who have offered to untangle yarn for me and for that I'm grateful!

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scarfitup
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Posted - 02/23/2006 :  05:16:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message
What I find so amazing is that I am NOT generally a terribly patient person (but not awful!), BUT.....I can spend a great deal of time untangling yarn without the least inkling of impatience! There must be some psychological soothing that takes place just to be handling the yarn. I'm also a saver and recycler, so from that perspective I hate to waste anything. Even the tangled yarns that I give up on are used for my hang-tags or donated to a friend who works with the homeless on artistic endeavors.

Scarf It Up!
Wearable Fiber Arts
Blue Moon Showcase
Wilmington NC
http://scarfitup.etsy.com
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CatherineM
Permanent Resident

USA
3363 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  05:23:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit CatherineM's Homepage Send CatherineM a Private Message
I'm also not a patient person but I like detangling yarn! I don't go out of my way to do it, but it's not a chore. Maybe it's the sense of satisfaction of fixing a mess, or maybe it's just that it's soothing to sit and quietly handle fibers - the nature of detangling forces you to be slow and focused. And like Clara, sometimes I don't bother pulling out the swift and just wind yarn off my lap - my own knees were my only swift for many years.

Catherine
http://www.yorkiedog.blogspot.com
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baldocchi
Chatty Knitter

198 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  05:33:41 AM  Show Profile Send baldocchi a Private Message
For me, it depends on the yarn. I will patiently untangle a fine merino, or a silky soft alpaca, but some of these fantasy yarns, the kind with eyelashes, forget about it!

Nicole

If we don't get there together, we won't get there at all.
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lfinkel
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19 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  06:02:17 AM  Show Profile Send lfinkel a Private Message
I wouldn't say that I LOVE untangling, but I don't really hate it either. Reading these posts reminds me of being on the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland untangling an apparently endless skein of yarn with the help of my husband, who is an incredibly patient person. It's a long ferry ride, and we used just about all of it!

--Liza (who should probably post more often)
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kpetty@cox-internet.com
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Posted - 02/23/2006 :  06:35:58 AM  Show Profile Send kpetty@cox-internet.com a Private Message
I TOO love to untangle yarn and will stay with until it is done. How strange!! Love, this site. Never replyed before.
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pamipoo1
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USA
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Posted - 02/23/2006 :  07:11:07 AM  Show Profile Send pamipoo1 a Private Message
AMEN MrsD1 that is EXACTLY how I feel about unknotting! And no, I do not care for weaving in ends.......not the same for me either. I used to work in a jewelry shop a thousand years ago and couldn't wait to get to all the necklaces and bracelets that were tangled. I actually felt I was doing a service to the shop because I think they just dumped them in a pile and either what? Threw them out or sent them back to the manufacturer??? Whatever.....to me untangeling is pure therapy! Who knew there were so many of us?

pami
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rhymer
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USA
11 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  07:31:12 AM  Show Profile Send rhymer a Private Message
I can't say I'm crazy about untangling, but I'll do it rather than waste yarn. What I REALLY love is winding yarn into balls. It may be my favorite part of the whole knitting process.

I was rewatching Anne of Green Gables recently (maybe Anne of Avonlea? -- both in my top 10 best movies) and Marilla was sitting on the porch winding a ball of yarn. I had to chuckle because it looked like Colleen Dewhurst, the actress, had never wound a ball of yarn in her life. :o)
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yarnmama
Seriously Hooked

880 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  07:47:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit yarnmama's Homepage Send yarnmama a Private Message
Nope. I will avoid putting scissors to the yarn at all costs. I will dredge up the patience to untangle for as long as I can to avoid cutting. If that doesn't work, I call out the 2nd oldest daughter who has a knack and the patience for the chore. I've only admitted defeat and cut the knot out maybe once or twice. I remember in particular some fingering weight alpaca/silk from Elann. I had knit it doubled and in the frogging it got hopelessly tangled. I salvaged most of it. I still haven't found the right project for that yarn, now I think about it.

Catherine Harrison
owner of Knitting Notions:Hand Dyed yarns, Hardwood yarn swifts and more
http://www.knittingnotionsonline.com
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tomato
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USA
27 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  08:13:07 AM  Show Profile Send tomato a Private Message
I get quite a lot out of unraveling tangled yarn. Aside from the fact that I've bought expensive yarn for a much cheaper price due to tangles, how many things in life require concentration and are mindless at the same time, giving me time to think about other things[meow]

tomato
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Marg in Mirror
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Canada
3205 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  08:23:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message
I've always enjoyed untangling things -- for me, it's a problem to solve. In my family, I'm the one who untangles shoelaces, electric cords, string, yarn... It's a brain-teaser!

-- Marg in Calgary

TLWKOTB
http://knitsonthebus.blogspot.com
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ninja_girl_01@yahoo.com


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Posted - 02/23/2006 :  08:23:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit ninja_girl_01@yahoo.com's Homepage Send ninja_girl_01@yahoo.com a Private Message
I like to untangle yarn and I don't know why. I used to work part-time at a costume jewlery counter and I could stand there for hours and untangle all the necklaces. To me its like a puzzle and my left brain couldn't get enough. The enjoyment comes from a more analytic perspective and of course the joy that I can now use my once tangled mess to knit with.

http://pitsandknits.blogspot.com
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knitpicker
Warming Up

99 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  08:54:52 AM  Show Profile Send knitpicker a Private Message
One of my favorite parts is when you have untangled it to the point where it is just a mess and you have to fight the urge to just start yanking. Being able to resist that is satisfying.
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Shandy


Canada
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Posted - 02/23/2006 :  09:15:07 AM  Show Profile Send Shandy a Private Message
What a fun thread(yarn?)! It must be a getting older thing. As a younger knitter, I had no patience whatever with tangles. After 5 minutes, the scissors came out. Now, I can happily sit for as long as it takes to get the knots out. Same with necklaces, shoelaces, and any other tangles I find!

Lynda
www.knittinginadaze.blogspot.com
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