It fulfils its mission when it is ravelled and knitted, then unravelled.
I am living over the past and knitting up the ravelled ends.
And in the morning the guard found him asleep with a bit of ravelled rope about his arm.
But to return, and bind to a conclusion our ravelled thoughts.
She had two children, one in her arms wrapped in her ravelled shawl, the other clinging to her hand.
The majority of his thoughts were but ravelled threads of the past.
The race of Hohenzollern has wilted and ravelled out to this.
In the ravelled skein, the slightest threads are the hardest to follow.
Each will complete the other, and love knit, up the ravelled strands again into a stronger unity.
She was knitting a stocking, which ravelled every night as fast as it grew by day.
1580s, "to untangle, disentangle, unwind" (originally with out), also "to entangle, become tangled or confused," from Dutch ravelen "to tangle, fray," rafelen "to unweave," from rafel "frayed thread." The seemingly contradictory senses of this word (ravel and unravel are both synonyms and antonyms) are reconciled by its roots in weaving and sewing: as threads become unwoven, they get tangled.
1630s, "a tangle;" 1832, "a broken thread," from ravel (v.).