So, yesterday, I decided it was time to untangle the mess and roll it back up in neat little balls. This is what I started out with.
I started at 8:30 AM, armed with a pot of coffee and a darning needle for those stubborn knots I was sure were in there. By 10:30 I thought I had made pretty good progress, until I took a second look.
It was taking forever to get that mess undone! I was on the phone with my sister, chatting while I worked on the tangles, and stepped away for a couple of minutes (literally 2 or 3) and when I walked back in, that *bleep* dog had drug the little ball I was working on across the floor already! I could have cheerfully strangled her, but I controlled myself! Before I knew it, it was past lunch time,and I had worked my way through about half of it, and found a break in the yarn, so I set that ball aside decided to get something to eat (and another pot of coffee) and work on the rest after lunch.
The last half went quicker than the first, maybe because there was not so much yarn to work with then. By 2:30 PM, I had two neat little balls of tangle-free yarn. YAY!
And I learned a valuable lesson: Keep all yarn out of the reach of children and pets (especially English Bulldogs).