Knitters’ bounty

I suddenly have WAY too much yarn, and I’m going to use it to help build a well at an elementary school in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Now you are very confused. Let me explain. (No! There is too much. Let me sum up. —for you Princess Bride fans.)

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that a few days ago, a friend contacted me to let me know that unfortunately Yarn Harvest had gone out of business and that one of the owners was willing to give me all of their remaining stock, since he was moving out of town. (I know! I was gobsmacked.)

Yarn Harvest was a great business concept—recovering the yarn from second-hand sweaters and re-selling it—that unfortunately hit the skids when one of its major business partners (the Texas Fiber Mill) also went under. The whole story is, in part, a sad one of domestic fiber industry struggling against cheaper imports from elsewhere.

At any rate, Greg (one of the former owners of Yarn Harvest) very generously gave me all of their remaining stock, which is a LOT of yarn. There’s this …

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… which is just the fingering weight. And then there’s this …

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… which is all the rest—lace weight in the front and everything else behind (mostly DK, worsted, and Aran).

I cannot knit with all this yarn—though I will certainly be knitting with some of it. And that’s where the school in the DRC comes in.

My son’s fifth-grade class is raising money to build a well at the Nebobongo Primary School in the DRC (an unfortunately conflict-ridden but beautiful country in central Africa). The elementary school currently has no running water, so the well would improve the quality of the facility in a really important way.


The first 15 people to contact me with a copy of their receipt showing that they donated at least $20 to this great cause (follow the link in the previous paragraph) will each receive a bag of at least three skeins chosen from the yarn shown above.

Please understand a few things before you participate:

  • This is nice wool, but it is not merino, and some of it was not entirely unkinked before it was reskeined to be sold. The best way to picture it is to imagine what a nice vintage sweater feels like, and then imagine having its yarn all skeined up.
  • I’m afraid I can’t spend the time letting people choose what they’ll receive. You’re welcome to express some preferences when you email me, and I’ll try to honor them, but just understand I may not be able to match your preferences. Mainly this is just about supporting a great cause and getting an extra thank you in return.
  • Once the yarn is gone, it’s gone. If you’re the 16th person to email me, I hope you can still feel happy that you helped build a well for some sweet kids, even if no yarn is coming your way. (As soon as I see that I’ve received 15 emails about this, I’ll edit this post to let everyone know the yarn is all spoken for.)

When you get in touch with me, please send me your full mailing address so I can share the wealth right back!

Thanks, everyone…

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