I had not wound off all the silk organzine skeins I had dyed recently, only the yellows. Today I started winding off the reds. I plan to use them in the next art piece.
But I had a problem.
On the skein winder is the red skein of silk yarn. I am winding this off onto a bobbin which is out of the picture to the right. You can see the red yarn slanting to the right and disappearing. The bobbin and winder are there off the photo. At this point, I can't turn the skein winder anymore because the yarn is caught in that V of yarn on the skein winder separated by my index finger.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE V
If you look at the V in which the yarn is caught, it looks like the problem is that this part of the yarn is really going the wrong way, that I slipped up somehow in making the skein. However, when I follow that V back, I will find sooner or later some kind of snag or mess where one side of that V has gotten caught. I can unmess and so free the yarn so that now it actually circles around the skein winder instead of doubling back on itself.
FIXING THE PROBLEM WITH BOMBYX SILK
This sort of thing happens with bombyx silk as well, but normally the mess is so minor that the tension of the yarn created by winding onto the bobbin is enough to pull the yarn free of the snag. All I feel when this happens is a slight catch in the motion of the skein winder.
A TEMPORARY FIX WITH SILK ORGANZINE
But with this silk organzine, the snags seems to be much messier and require stopping a wnd working back. This time, however, the snag/mess is so far in that I cannot get to it. Consequently, to fix it up, I remove the bobbin from the winder and insert it through the V to free it up. That leaves a loose loop hanging off the winder which gets taken back up very soon after I start winding the yarn onto the bobbin.
But doing this proved to be only a temporary fix.
It happened again. Which was very soon. And which was very often.
This, by the way, is what happened with the disastrous skein of bombyx silk I wound off onto a cone a month or two ago. That was worse because it was a much larger skein.
WHAT WILL BE, WILL BE--SIGH
I grow philosophical. It's going to happen when it's going to happen and there seems to be little I can do about it. Yarn just has a will of its on. So get on with it anyway!