Jan 21, 2018

Close Call

As a fiber fanatic of the first order, I had a close call this week.

A friend contacted me with a nearly irresistible opportunity. A friend of hers had discovered 30 or more skeins of yarn that had belonged to her mother. The friend knew I was a knitter, so if I was interested, I could have it all, no strings attached.

This was a truly generous offer, and as an added bonus, the yarn appeared to be wool and featured some of my favorite colors.

Frankly, the timing couldn't have been better. I'd just reorganized my stash cupboards (more on that another day) and wouldn't you know it? The reorg was so effective, I had plenty of empty containers and clear shelf space ready for an infusion of new yarn. 

Need I say it? The temptation was strong, because much like nature, stash cupboards abhor a vacuum.

Luckily, a glimmer of common sense began to break through the heady prospect of fresh yarn. Some rather intensive sleuthing revealed several important facts. Produced in Sweden, the yarn was indeed 100% wool with a tight twist and sturdy but prickly hand. It was spun as rug yarn and designed for weaving or tapestry work, not hand knitting.

In the end, it was indeed a close call - as makers, fiber in all its forms can be so very tantalizing - but this yarn will soon find a good home with someone who will relish its rugged qualities and help it find its proper destiny.

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  1. Oh yes, free (or cheap) yarn can be so tempting! I try to ask myself if I'll ever actually make something with it before I say yes. That works. Well, it does most of the time...

    1. So true, Maggie, free/cheap yarn is hard to resist, but asking that key question works ... most of the time : )


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