Oh how frustrating! I only just invested in a ball winder, and it is great! But a swift would certainly help too. I use my kids, they think it is a great game, they do the winding and I am the swift. Before that I used to spend hours with knots too, yuck and then I started to unwind a big long string all over the house, go and wind some and then string again. That worked better. Good Luck! And don't get too frustrated, put in a silly movie to distract you while you untangle maybe?
Hey, did you ever see this?:http://www.folkcatart.com/blogs/jen/?p=742A cheap yarn swift, it apparently actually works fairly well!Good luck with the untangling. It can sometimes be sort of meditative. Sort of. Sometimes.:)
Oh yuck, hopefully it didn't take as long as you were predicting, just wanted to chime in that I might be using Pomtimi too. I still have a sock on the needles so I'm rushing through that before I start.
I feel your frustration. I spend 4 hours last night de-tangling my yarn for a sock swap I just entered. I think next time I'm following Linda's route, and asking my husband to be my stand-by swift. Not a very fun job, but he can watch sports and stand with his arms out at the same time, right? :)
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a fun knit along to try some new methods for fabulous sock knitting!