At 3:30 this afternoon, I was down to just 7 items on my Road Trip To-Do or You Don't Go list. One of those items was winding some yarn. I am hoping to get through most of the Kimono sweater on the trip, so I had to wind two different yarns that I'm carrying together. The first one was approximately a 500 yard skein, and I rolled her up in no time. (As an aside, serious skein-winding is a very good bicep builder, did you all know that?)
The second skein was 700 yards. I placed the skein very carefully on the swift. Very. Carefully. I cut the holding strings. I started. I held my breath. This is the thinner yarn, and in my experience, thinner yarns are more apt to tangle. But no, this one was going smoothly. Crank crank, my arm was getting very tired. But I was quite relieved. In my experience, if a skein is going to tangle when it's wound, it usually happens pretty early in the winding.
Hah! The Knitting Gremlins (good friends of the Knitting Fairy, I believe) were full of mischief in my home today. At about the half way point, the winding came to a halt. I wasn't worried yet; I was sure the yarn just needed some twisting. But no, as I examined the yarn....and examined the yarn....and examined the yarn.....the sad realization hit. I had encountered The Dreaded Snag. That section of yarn was like a plate full of spaghetti. There would be no more winding from that direction.
What to do? Should I "cut" my losses and settle for two smaller skeins? Or find the other end and wind from there? Either way I would be hand-winding for a while. A long while. I opted for doing the Tangled-Up Tango with the other end. Around and around, I hugged that swift. I approached, I moved back. I twirled and swirled. I went over and under and around and through. I will say this about dancing with a swift as a partner....ballroom dancers will appreciate this....the swift has a great dance frame. It gave me a good strong lead.
We danced for an hour and seven minutes. My plate full of spaghetti was gone. It looked like this.
Five minutes later, it finally looked like a proper ball of yarn, ready to go on a road trip.
So now the children are all packed and ready to go. There's Kimberly Kimono, Lillian Diamond Patch, Sylvia Shadow, Bobby Broadripple, and Lorna Laddersock. They are tucked in their sleeping bags, ready to be buckled into their car seats in the morning.
I'm traveling with camera and laptop, and I expect to do a little posting. So see you all on the road somewhere. Have a grand and glorious 4th of July, and I'll catch up with you all in a few weeks.