Spinning Tuesdays: Another Reason to Have a Stash

Here’s another reason to have a fiber stash, for your friends who get into spinning trouble.


The other day I was knitting along happily on my father in law’s Christmas scarf, a cabled pattern knit out of a handspun, three-ply Gotland.  I’ll admit I was feeling smug because all of my gift knitting was right on schedule.

Then I looked down at my ball of yarn, it looked small. I looked again. Then I squeezed it, maybe it was wound really tightly. Nope. I was going to run out of yarn. Not just run out of yarn, much worse, I used all of the Gotland I had to spin the yarn.


How bad was it?

Half of Ray's Scarf

The knitting part was bad. When I finished the yarn I had, I was just under halfway done.

The fiber part was worse. The fiber I spun came from a fleece I had bought from New Zealand six years ago.

I was feeling really sorry for myself, the scarf, or half scarf, was exactly what I wanted – size, design, drape.


Then I remembered Carla. Carla is my friend who is always an enthusiastic participant in any fiber shenanigans I come up with, including splitting fleeces ordered from New Zealand. Yes, there was more than one, don’t judge.


I texted her. She was in an all day meeting with important people at work, but this was a fiber emergency. “Do you still have any of that Gotland fiber we got from NZ 6 years ago? I ran out of yarn for Ray’s scarf.” She instantly texted back, she understands a fiber emergency. “Yes!”

Not only did she still have it; she hadn’t used one bit of it, and she put her hands on the bag in less than 10 minutes.

More than a pound of Gotland roving

So keep stashing that fiber, your friends may need it too!

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

12 thoughts on “Spinning Tuesdays: Another Reason to Have a Stash

  1. karen

    that is a wonderful happy ending. 6 years!! but the most amazing part is that carla could put her hands on it in 10 minutes! truly incredible!

  2. Melanie

    I’ll second Emily’s plea: Jillian, would you be willing to share your recipe? I know a few folks who would be delighted to wear a scarf like this one (me among them!). While I’ve not yet ventured into spinning, I’d happily search for a second-best commercial substitute for your handspun.

  3. Heather

    Now THAT’S a real friend! Sharing with you from her stash! WOW! I have a hard time doing that, though I’d hope I’d be able to help a friend in an emergency.

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