Lately, all of my knitting stories seem to include the phrase "and then I did a stupid thing...".
I finally started the wavy scarf for Lorelei's teacher over the weekend. And I LOVE the wavy pattern, it's a lot of fun to knit. So I bought a ball winder over the weekend to wind my yarn - after I started knitting with it. After I had already gotten it tangled up into a nice mess. Long story short - it took me about 24 hours to unmess and wind my ball.
I really like the ball winder - I think it will be really fun when I don't have tangled yarn.