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Life Flight

by erin on April 15, 2014

So I’m not knitting on my shawl right now.  I haven’t run out of the blue yarn yet.  And that’s precisely why.  I can’t bear to keep knitting on it only to have the blue run out and then be stuck.  Mid-project.  Worse yet, what if it’s mid-row?  I never thought in a million years I could have OCD tendencies, but apparently the fear of running out of yarn, mid-row, has me quaking in my boots.  I can’t bear to knit on it and have that happen, and I can’t stand to be not knitting on it.  I am in quite a conundrum.


Behold the saddest bit of yarn in all the land.


I can’t just leave the shawl laying there, wondering why I abandoned it, so I started shaking the yarny bushes around me, waiting for more Baltic Madeline Tosh Sock Yarn to fall out.  This was trickier than I expected.  There is none of it left at Yarns Etc or Great Yarns until the next beautiful shipment arrives, because us local knitters know a beautiful yarn when we see one.  It was as if the yarn did not exist anymore, except for the one skein I had knitted up into most of the shawl.


As a last resort, I tried Ravelry.  Turns out some knitters are willing to trade or sell yarn, if they have it.  One soul in the entire Ravelry universe had a partial skein of Baltic.  This person was willing to sell it to me.  I am awaiting its arrival with bated breath.  The whole transaction reminded me of the people who are awaiting an organ transplant.  Really important organs, like a heart or a lung.  They usually have a beeper or something that goes off and they call the number and everybody’s really excited because it’s time to go to the hospital RIGHT NOW to get the really important organ, because it’s being flown in in one of those really cool Life Flight helicopters, chilling in a cooler.  Except I have no beeper.  And it’s yarn.  But it’s really really REALLY important yarn.  And a cooler would be a bit much.  But still….


Then I get a phone call yesterday afternoon from my best bud.  This chick is also a knitter, and she is also the woman I turned to in a moment of frustration when it seemed there was no baltic yarn left in the world.  She was fully sympathetic to my plight, even though she had none of that particular yarn to help me out with.


Or so it would seem.


Turns out she found that she did have a skein of Baltic.  Same dye lot, too.  It’s like finding out someone is your match for a kidney.  And it’s comforting to know that, on top of this, once I’m finished using the snippet of the blue yarn I need to move on with my pattern, I will still have a partial skein of yarn that is too precious to throw away, and too short to knit anything up with it.


I’ll just store it in a cooler.  You know, just in case my beeper goes off.




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