Yarn Barfs

Yarn by its nature has a propensity to get knotted, generally this is artistically intended in the process of such crafts as knitting and crochet. However, there are times when yarn self knots and becomes a yarn barf, I suspect this may happen when yarn is bored of waiting to be creatively knotted into something beautiful, but that’s just a theory.

Yesterday I decided to deal with an extremely rebellious ball of Adriafil Floris Classic which had not only morphed into a yarn barf, but had had a whole family of them too, quite a mess. It didn’t take me too long to tame the beast and rewind it, I quite enjoy the challenge of de-barfing yarn.

From the depths of the library Chris remarked that I seem to be quite good at dealing with yarn barfs, I quietly replied, “It’s because I’m a yarn whisperer…” I think Chris may have guffawed briefly before returning to his netting endeavours.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. tilleyb says:

    I adore the term ‘yarn barf’. I may adopt it 😉

    1. Shana says:

      It has a certain growl to it, quite appropriate because that is how I normally react when I encounter one *growl* yarn barf *grrr* !! 😀

  2. I have to admit to getting a quiet satisfaction in dealing with yarn barfs, too . I think there’s something quite therapeutic in creating order from such spaghetti junctions as I’ve been handed over the years 🙂
    I’d love to learn the art of yarn whispering, too! Lol

    1. Shana says:

      If you already find de-barfing enjoyable, I think you’re well on your way to being a yarn whisperer, it’s just a matter of coochie cooing the yarn into submission lol !! 🙂

      1. Lol
        I do that, too 🙂
        My husband often comes into the room to see why I’m whispering sweet nothings – then laughs to see me entangled in a pile of yarn.
        It’s rare for a tangle to beat me, I must admit 🙂

        1. Shana says:

          I took on the ultimate yarn barf challenge the other day…eyelash yarn, it was a beast, but I tamed it!

          1. Wow! I bow to you in wonder 🙂
            I’m relatively new to eyelash yarn and, so far, haven’t had a barf to cope with but, seeing how difficult it is for me to crochet with it, I’m not sure I could be as brave as you in tackling it 🙂

            1. Shana says:

              I’d had the eyelash yarn for years, hidden away in the dark depths of a cupboard, but thought it was time it was tamed! It’s nasty stuff to crochet with, so using it with another yarn, I knitted a mouse for Smoky, he seems to enjoy “killing” it lol !!

              1. I’m sure my Kushka would be the same 🙂
                I think that, if I’ve any left after crocheting the project I’m very slowly making with the eyelash yarn, I’ll trat her to an eyelash mouse, too 🙂

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