8.28.2011

Yarn Monsters



I've been trying to convince my daughter ever since she was very little that monsters do not exist, and they 
do not reside behind closed closet doors. 

If only that were actually true..

In the effort of trying to reorganize, clean out and simplify our possessions in order to get ready for the new baby, I have come across some pretty gnarly monsters hanging out in dark spaces around our home.

Yarn monsters.. that is.




Yes. Frightening messes of stray yarns and swatches all entangled together into fabulously gruesome disasters such as this.

This monster in particular would take hours upon hours to untangle. Over the years, I've watched this guy grow and consume more unsuspecting bits of yarn over the years. I've always had good intentions of spending the time to unravel him.. but I've just recently come to the conclusion that this is simply not going to happen.. and that it's not worth the time and effort.

It's time to get out the scissors, selvedge what I can, and clear the closets of all monsters before they take over completely.


20 comments:

grandmastatus said...

i have a yarn monster in my back room stash that has been growing and consuming and morglifying for years.

i know morglifying isn't a word, but it should be.

millefeuilles said...

Excellent!

Alana, I have just started my blog giveaway with one of your Fall Patterns as part of the prize ;-)

Have a monster-free week!

Raime said...

You're lucky yours is so demure and you're taking care of it now. I found such a monster when I moved two years ago... unfortunately, I didn't have time to disassemble it and it turned into this: http://knitagra.blogspot.com/2011/02/stash-revealed.html
Being boxed and transported didn't help at all.

Work it out, baby!

Juniper Grace said...

couldn't you just called an art installment depicting the human predicament or some such nonsense and maybe get a few hundred doll hairs for it?

Sheralynn said...

Oh no, Alana! No cutting allowed! You know, you could always send that wonderful beast to members of the Knot a Problem Ravelry group and they'll get it sorted out for you... ;)

Nic said...

I keep those monsters for toy stuffing. It tames them right down!

Suzanne said...

That yarn monster is the perfect challenge. I'd detangle it for you!

Julie said...

It happens to the best of us, doesn't it? He's pretty scary. By the time I try to sort mine out I almost always just end up cutting the monster away rather than untangling. Just not worth the stress.

Jessica said...

Love this post! ;0)
jpeled on ravelry

Timmie said...

what a great name for it! yarn monsters...at my house it's called yarn vomit but monster sounds better and I think I'll borrow that term.

Andrea said...

jeje, I think I have a few distant cousins of this... I should let them get loose on the wild...
Yours is quite goodlooking for a monster though!

Meghan said...

did I read correctly? you're having a baby? Congrats! (if I'm not insane enough, I hope I didn't make that up with my eyes!)

sara said...

I have a great suggestion that will be sort of fun for your little girl. Cut it up, put it in a bowl that you wouldn't mind leaving outside on your patio, or wherever. Watch the birds take the pieces away and make colorful nests. Just be sure not to leave it out in the rain. Your bowl of cut yarn won't be very interesting for the birds if it's a soggy bowl of yarn. Sara in AL

Cami said...

Ooo! That's beautiful! Do you have a pattern for that? ;)

penelope10 said...

I cut mine up and give to the birdies!

Laura said...

Yikes! That is enough to make anyone run and hide! For the record, my 5.5yo was also afraid of monsters, until I knit one of her own to protect her. Penelope has become a dear and faithful friend, knit out of leftovers of a skirt I knit for my daughter so I get to remember both projects long after she's outgrown the skirt.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/aprilshowers/penelope-the-empathetic-monster-2

ExecutiveKnitter said...

Yeah...ah uh - that's nice....

WHERE THE PATTERN BOOK?

Stop stalling! you have us all drooling...

I need to get started to wear for fall!

:)

lorraine said...

you should give it away like plucky knitter just did..apparently tons of people love a challenge! :)

Betsy Mortinsen said...

Have you ever thought about putting your yarn monster inside a Monster that you knit for your daughter?
Can't wait for your book!

Kate said...

I like to use bits of yarn like yours as stuffing in my bears for The Mother Bear Project. I feel like they hold up long and have more weight to them- which makes them more hugable! Its a great way to use ALL your yarn bits up!

http://www.motherbearproject.org/