I love yarn. I’m a yarn collector. One of my favorite things to do is wind yarn. Ever since I got a swift and a ballwinder, I’ve enjoyed the sensory experience of winding yarn – feeling the yarn slide through my fingers, watching the colors change, watching the spinning swift and cranking the ballwinder, finding a rhythm as it curls my yarn up into a satisfyingly hefty little cake. I like to sit at my kitchen table and wind up my skeins, pondering what they will become – a cowl? A baby sweater? A pair of socks?
Usually winding is calming, a quiet, thoughtful process. But some days … some days, winding is an unmitigated disaster.
My ballwinder is probably just like the one most of you have – a little plastic contraption from Japan – and it requires some … attention. Sometimes, frankly all too often, the yarn gets caught up in the gears of the ballwinder and requires untangling. Usually, it’s simple. Usually, I catch it pretty fast and can tug out a strand of yarn and fix everything up and keep winding. Not today. Today, I spent about twenty minutes looking like this …
Today I had to actually cut the yarn in order to untangle it. Sigh. Must remember to keep a closer eye on that ballwinder. Or maybe invest in this.