Things were coming along swimmingly for these socks until this happened:
I should explain things. I was feeling very proud of my hand-wound center-pull ball of yarn, and started knitting both socks at the same time, one from each end of the yarn. Then the center yarn wasn't coming out so smoothly, so I yanked a little harder, and a littler harder still, and suddenly the ball of yarn had given birth to a huge mess of yarn snot.
A is the original ball of yarn. The outside end of this ball is attached to E, one of the socks.
C is the yarn snot that came out of the center of the ball of yarn. C has turned into the biggest tangled mess of a knot in the world. I've managed to finagle a tiny portion of the A end of C into B, as I try to untagle C.
The other side of C is attched to D, the other sock.
The hope is to untangle C and wind it all into a bigger B. It's hard to untangle a gigantic knot when neither of the ends are free. Even if I finish untagling C into B, B will not be able to go back inside A (it is now wound in reverse order), but hopefully I'll be able to knit it all up when I finish sock D.
This is really horrible. But not as horrible as cutting the yarn and having a knot in a sock!
Also: here's a reason to stock up on cashmere yarn right now!