Or maybe it's just that Velcro is the enemy of knits. In the past few weeks I've spent a lot of work time away from my office, which has meant schlepping things in lots of different bags. And because it's been cold and wet, I was wearing lots of sweaters and usually a parka of some sort.
During a two-week time span, Velcro fasteners on my bags and jackets snagged two scarves, three sweaters, and a ball of yarn--numerous times. And every single time, I was annoyed, although I eventually stopped being surprised by it. The most annoying one was the Velcro strip on the *inside* of my REI soft briefcase, which is meant to secure a padded laptop insert. When you take the laptop and insert out of the case, and put knitting in, minus the customary plastic bag because you're trying to pare down the amount of crap you neurotically carry around, the result is yarn that is markedly fuzzier in spots.