October 2021

Patience and Perseverance

Last week, I bought a skein of wonderful, soft, shiny, dyed tencel yarn. It was a spontaneous purchase. The local yarn shop owner offered to wind the skein into a ball using the shop ballwinder. I agreed.

That was the first mistake. Such slippery yarn should never be balled using a ball winder. While winding it, the ball fell off the ball winder. The shop owner started winding the rest by hand. But 630 yards is a lot of yarn to wind by hand. She suggested I come back another day.

On Tuesday I picked up the yarn. The center pull ball looked sloppy. I decided to rewind it when I got home. That was the second mistake. Since the original was not well wound and the yarn so slippery, the ball fell apart. I had a tangled mess on my hand.

I was ready to give up. I was ready to go back to the yarn store, put the half balled yarn and remaining tangled mess on the “free” table.

But then I remembered that I had just bought the yarn. It wasn’t cheap. I still loved the color and the shininess of it. I still wanted to make a shawl from it.

So I sat down and started to untangle. That was Tuesday.

Wednesday, I untangled some more.

Thursday, I untangled even more. I was beginning to see some progress.

This was how far I got on Friday morning.

Do you see the ball of yarn? All that yarn was part of the tangled mess. By Friday morning, I had only a small amount of yarn to untangle. By Friday afternoon, I had finished. I have half the skein still on the ball winder and half the skein in a tightly wound ball. In another couple of days I will wind it all off the ball winder.

This was a lesson in patience and perseverance. I’m glad I didn’t give up.


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