Thursday, December 13, 2012

disentanglement

tangled-yarn

Balls of yarn, no matter how perfectly coiled from the start, hit a snag sooner or later. The strand glides along its path swimmingly for a while, working itself into neat and tidy twists and turns, and then surprise! I find myself in a yarn pickle. Sometimes it's an utter surprise but usually it's more a matter of seeing the glitch coming a yard away and ignoring it, hoping it will work itself out before it becomes my problem. Then it comes to pass and in the predicament I sit.

Now it all comes down to the approach.

Pull too hastily (my default procedure) and I could cement the knots for eternity.

Move cautiously (not my style) and I may find it was just a faux entanglement as the strand magically falls back onto a clear, singular, determined path.

Work strategically (the most unlikely to happen and thus potentially the most rewarding), both looking forward and retracing my steps through le grand mess to see it through to the very end, and eventually I'll claim victory over the mayhem I've created.

I could also cut the tie altogether and go for the reconnect. Sometimes it is the only way, but if done shoddily it means unraveling from both ends and a complete undoing of it all. Risky.

Or I could just get a new ball of yarn and start over. But that's no fun.

I also use this process for navigating roads in North Jersey.

23 comments:

Kristin said...

YES! And for navigating life itself :)
Great post and I LOVE that picture - so stinkin' cute!
And thank you, I got SO LUCKY that my stuff was all saved - it WAS touch and go for a while - so learn from my mistakes and back it all up (but I'm sure you have :) xoxo

Kirstin said...

Everyone once in a while I manage to complete a project without any snags. I need to remember to celebrate those times. In knitting and in life I try to take the "it's all part of the process" view, but sometimes I just have to hand the mess off to my husband who has loads more patience than I.

Kelly Warren said...

i must admit i am completely hapless with a ball of yarn. but the metaphor hits home!

C.P. Adorio said...

You write so well, Aimie. I got entangled in the yarn story only to be delightfully surprised by your ending.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, yarn. Why must you snag so??? The only good thing about hitting a snag is the reward and satisfaction you feel after you've got it all nearly rolled up in a ball. I mean, really. Yarn with no snags? Booooring.

Chel said...

I have this issue both in life AND crochet. I find it deeply satisfying to untangle a (not too tangled) bit of yarn, though. Maybe I can learn something from that and apply it to everyday life.

bohemiannie! art said...

You're funny. I don't 'do' yarn very often but have the same problems. I usually gently shake it and it falls right. Not sure if that would work for navigating. My Colombian friends all crochet or knit and they ALWAYS rewind any yarn they purchase. Maybe that's why. I'll have to ask.

amy said...

The yarn I can usually handle. The embroidery floss knots...those teach me true patience. I am often surprised anew that now, at almost 40, I have the patience for embroidery. I couldn't stand it as a kid. I'm sure there's a metaphor in that somewhere, too.

Love the photo!!

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michellegd.com said...

i love how you see the world...

Cheryl said...

I also use your strategy for untangling Christmas tree lights.

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to......knit, crochet, decorate a tree?

Beth said...

lol!! Yes :) xo

Jan | Daisy Janie said...

Great strategies for life! Pretty yarn color!!!!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Love your post - I get that all the time with bakers twine!

And happy birthday :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Happiest of birthdays to you!

XOXOXO

Daisy Yellow said...

Happy Bday Aimee! While crocheting, my daughter is notorious at achieving the most horrendous knot nests in her cotton yarn. One day I spent almost an hour de-knotting her achievement. Cutting is an option, but only for the faint of heart.

Phoenix Peacock said...

what a wonderful metaphor for life.

soulbrush said...

I often unravel and rewind a new ball of wool before I even start- as for life- it's a mystery to me most of the time. Hope you have had a magical birthday and many more to come.

Nicky Linzey said...

Love the colours in your pic. I can identify with everything you've written, I have no patience with untangling and have to get someone to do it for me - I'm ashamed to say!

Parabolic Muse said...

Hi, Aimee! I had to leave this long comment, because I couldn't find your email. I follow you on Instagram (Parabolicmuse) and I got this email from a blogger friend, Andria Kaskey:

Hi Chris!
I actually raced over to Aimee's Etsy shop after I saw the print you purchased from her. I couldn't decide on just one, so I got FOUR! Love them all. I love the print you purchased as well, and almost bought it too, but I tried to show just a little bit of restraint!

Isn't that cute?! I had just seen her blog post about buying about a million of your pieces. I love that!

Okay, back to instagram.

Happy Happy holiday to you and yours!

Sarah said...

So funny. I am usually quite methodical and although I can't see how to do it it usually works. The most annoying tangle is when the end from inside the ball sneaks out and becomes friends with the end on the outside. Tricky but doable!

~runningwave~ said...

You are a wise woman, Aimee. I love the metaphor of life. I cannot tell you how many times I've had a ball of yarn entangled and tried to yank it. I've done that with life entanglements as well. Better to be methodical and try and see the way clear slowly.