I recently bought two skeins of Misti Alpaca Chunky, and just finished a hat. I love the softness and the colors (Magic Flute) but the skein tangled like a thousand hairy snakes mating! I swear I spent more time untangling the stuff than I did knitting. DH, who spends a lot of time lamenting the amount of animal hair he vacuums up, was especially dismayed by all the clumps of alpaca clinging to the easy chair I knit in.
So, when you take the yarn out of the band, are you supposed to wind it into a ball or something? It tangled instantly, seems like.
This seems like a dumb question, but this is coming from someone who is definitely clueless. I just knit my first tam. It looked more like a beanie, and I was sort of disappointed, because I liked the yarn I used (Classic Elite Liberty Wool). I spent a fair amount of time on it, though, so I wore it to work a few times. People even said they liked it. Then I ran across something about how you had to BLOCK a tam with a dinner plate to get the finished shape! I did that, and, voila! It now actually looks like a tam! As Homer Simpson would say, "D'oh!"