Step 1: Don't ask for help
Knowing from experience that this is a two man job allow those feelings of pity for your hard working DH to override common sense as he steps out to go to his friends house to watch football. "He works hard just let him go and play".
Step 2: Over estimate your abilities
Sure, you can do this yourself. Just because it wadded up in to a wooly quagmire the last time doesn't mean it's going to happen again.
Step 3: Panic
When things do start to go wrong.. why stop? You've gotten this far. I'm sure the yarn fairies will sprinkle their magic all over this situation and set it right.
Step 4: Completely loose it
That's right! No fairies here! So make sure and rip it off that evil ball winder, throw the stinking mess on the floor and scream out every expletive that you know or feel free to make some up. Why lose the creativity that has served you so well at this point?
Step 5: Wallow in self pity
Last but not least, feel free to wallow in the self pity that you worked for and earned. If you can try to place a little blame on the DH for leaving in you a lurch you get bonus points for effective use of defense mechanisms.
Yes, this was to be the start of my first KAL, the Day of the Dead KAL. Appropriately enough I felt like death warmed over after 18 (yes) hours of detangling hell. I even called my boss begging for a "mental health day" which she graciously gave to me with no questions asked. She must have detected my recent break with reality in the tone of my voice. My eventual project is intended to be the Kevat Shawl, which I have detailed on the Day of the Dead KAL, blog. So remember these five points when you're a little bored on the weekend and want to spice things up!