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« on: February 20, 2008 05:28:10 PM »

hi, does anyone have any tip on how to detangle this?
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2008 05:45:46 PM »

Patience.  And a heaping pile of chocolate for mental rest breaks.


And something to wrap the untangled bits around, a swift or roll it into a ball.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2008 06:01:55 PM »

Awwwww....that sucks!

I spent all last evening (from about 4 pm - 9 pm, seriously) untangling 2 skeins of yarn on which the ties failed in the dryer after dying it. More than once, I went through phases of wanting to just throw it away, but I stuck with it and, little-by-little, it got done. Let it take you more than one day if it gets too frustrating.

Take tylenol because you will get a headache or a backache or even both!
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2008 06:17:49 PM »

My advice would be to get a good bottle of light lotion.  I always have a problem with static building up and fuzzing things when I detangle yarn, and I find that keeping lotion on my hands helps with the static, not to mention it seems to help keep the yarn from sticking back to itself after I get it detangled.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2008 06:18:50 PM »

Yep - it may take hours, so do a bit each day if so. Do not pull a strand when you can feel that it is just going to tighten up - that will double your untangling time. To begin with, keep the ball as small as possible so you can push it through small loops, but make sure as you are untangling it that you wind it into something that will not tangle.
Worst case, don't be afraid to cut it in one or several places: you can splice it back together, or alternatively, having three smaller balls is not the end of the world

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2008 07:34:51 PM »

Le sigh... I managed one small tiny ball last night, I might tackle it again today... it's a real mess... it seems like the more I try to untangle it the more tangled it gets...

I got tired of untangling so i started gauging for the socks that i was going to make with it, and testing the pattern.

Maybe I'll just start casting on with the ball that I have and then untangle when i get tired of knitting on such small needles. 

P.S. gauge question, if I'm suppose to be at 8 stitches per inch, and i've got 6.5 stitches per inch, should i go up in sizes or down in sizes for needles?  i think down, but i could be wrong.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008 08:50:51 PM »

P.S. gauge question, if I'm suppose to be at 8 stitches per inch, and i've got 6.5 stitches per inch, should i go up in sizes or down in sizes for needles?  i think down, but i could be wrong.

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