It was no big deal, yet another Craigslist ad. . .
“Weaving yarn that has been stored in 21 bins and sorted by color. I no longer weave so hope somebody can put this yarn to good use. $100 for all. Please call or email me. Heather. “
I saw the ad at around 10 p.m. and noticed that it had been posted at three that afternoon. So, although I immediately sent an email, I thought there was very little chance of my getting the yarn. The next morning, to save myself the terrible waiting and wondering that I’ve come to expect from most Craigslist experiences, I gave Heather a call.
And. . . I Got It!! Woo-Hoo! Yippee! I got Twenty-One Bins of Weaving Yarns! for only $100. Why, that’s less than five bucks a bin, folks. Astounding!! !! ! !
Happy!!, HaPpY!! Snoopy Dance
I know, I know. . . that was alot of !!!!s. lol. I should calm down. . . but I just got 21 storage bins full of weaving yarns! lol. And I’m so happy that the bins were included because otherwise, can you imagine loading my car with that much loose yarn?! HAhahaha And think about the HUGE pile of yarn I’d have in my dining room!!
As soon as I recovered from the shock, I started wondering just how many trips it was going to take to get it home. How many bins could we fit into our Scion xB? I asked Heather to measure one of the bins for me, pretty please. While I waited for the dimensions I measured every nook and cranny of the car.
Well, it turned out that the bins are quite large – 15″ wide, 25″ long and 11 1/2″ high! gulp. Here’s my diagram showing how, with some very careful positioning, I figured that we could take all 21 bins in one trip.
Heather was dubious of my plan, car map and all, so she stood by watching as we loaded. I started by emptying about three bins into the foot space behind the front seats.
It’s fun to know someone else saves every precious bit of wool yarn, just like me!
In went six more yarn-filled bins and two empties.
When we finished, with plenty of space left next to the roof so DH can use the rear-view mirror, I might add,
Heather asked whether I’m interested in making rugs. I told her about the cotton rag rugs I wove thirty-some years ago, which, coincidentally, was about when she got into weaving too, and about how I hope to someday hook some rugs.
And that’s when she offered me two cardboard boxes full of wool fabric for rugs, plus this BIG bag of already cut and rolled wool strips
and this fabric cutter, which cuts much wider strips than my other cutter, more like what you’d use for braiding than for hooking, I think,
all for FREE!!
Just color me gob-smacked!! lol. Thank You, Heather!!
It wasn’t until we got home that I noticed the writing on the cutter’s box.
Do you really think that Heather, once upon a time, paid only $19.00 for this? I’m not sure which is more insane, that she gave me the cutter or how much a Fraser Model 500-1 costs today! lol.
I went into the house to look at weaving books, leaving DH with the fun challenge of fitting all the wool fabric into the car
When Heather asked $50 for this boxful, I simply paid it, not giving any thought to a counteroffer.
How could I do otherwise, considering everything she had just given me?!
With a box of books at my feet and a tower of bins holding only a fabric cutter and one massive cone of yarn in my lap, I was ready to go home.
Although I got to handle a little of my ‘new’ yarn while we loaded the car, I was so anxious to go through every bin!! Heather said she thought it was mostly wool, but, many years have passed since she so carefully packed this yarn away, so all she remembered for certain was that she’d saved only ‘the best stuff’. lol.
She was right; it is mostly wool, but there are also some chenille, mohair, linen, cotton and a few unknown synthetics. Amazing.
The yarn ranges in weight anywhere from cobweb to ginormous roving!
Would it be O.K. with you if we just sit surrounded by these beautiful colors for a little while? contented sigh. What an unbelievable find. Thank you again, Heather.
1, 2 , 3, 4, . . .
In my excitement I missed photographing a few bins, purple and yellow for sure, and probably celery, or maybe olive. I’m not sure.
Having condensed the yarn as much as I could, we’re left with thirteen, no, fourteen bins of yarn in the
dining weaving room – this pile was later joined by a bin of my old cottons.
The other seven are in the basement. But only three of those are filled with yarn, all white, mostly huge skeins of New Zealand wool. The other four are filled with wool fabric: one each of rolled strips,
One of the first projects I have planned for my new stash is to weave a bulky charity blanket with the synthetic rug yarns I pulled as I went through the original 21 bins.
Emily doesn’t seem impressed, but I think this is a Great Idea. lol.
P.S. DH has enrolled in a college class. It’s the kind of thing that only appears on the schedule once every few years, so he needs to do this now. With a three-hour class that meets twice a week and at least that much time again to be spent on homework, he won’t be making stick shuttles or updating anymore student looms for a while.
Fortunately, I’ll be busy too. . .
playing with some yarn.