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.Â 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!