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January 15, 2016

Knot a Problem, a seven-year-old group of more than 2,100 “detanglers”


The most acclaimed project in the group’s tangled history is known to knitters as “the Stash Disaster of Epic Proportion.”
In 2011, a Sacramento, Calif., knitter was cataloging her entire stash of yarn in her backyard—only to leave it out during a rainstorm. She tossed the 30 to 50 balls of soaking-wet yarn into the dryer, producing further chaos. More than a dozen volunteers stepped up, “drooling over the delicious detangling it promises,” as one member put it. The project, about the size of a lamb, was carried in a bedsheet to places such as a library and a park, where detanglers picked at it together. Knitters With Hopelessly Knotted Yarn Call ‘Detanglers’ for Help - WSJ

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 15, 2016 7:36 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Get a quote from a Chinese middleman, ship the mess over and in a month every single string will be sent back ready to use for a total of $15 US.

Posted by: Terry [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 15, 2016 11:23 AM

Hey dummies! No need to untangle. Just take it to any hair restoration shop serving polychromatic sheep in Nottingham. Lotsa those woolless critters will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 15, 2016 11:55 AM

Someone has way too much time on their hands.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 15, 2016 12:11 PM

@VW, this was in Calif, right?

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 15, 2016 1:13 PM

It could be Capitol Hill Ghost.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2016 4:23 AM

I actually enjoy untangling. But I don't go crazy. I'm not a vampire.

Posted by: pbird [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2016 7:53 AM

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