Lanny, my neighbor, and I were talking awhile back. He’s the guy we call Noah because he has at least two of every animal you can imagine on his farm. He mentioned he had some extra wool lying around and wondered if I’d have any use for it.
Well, uh, yeah. Hello!
So that’s been quite some time ago and I’d forgotten all about it. The the other day he called me up and said, “Hey, do you still want that wool?”
“Well, how much do you have?”, I asked.
“Oh, about three bags full.”
This is where I should of asked “How big are the bags?” But I didn’t. Instead I said “Sure, I’ll take ‘em!” Because I envisioned three bags of wool like what you would get at a wool festival or buy at a yarn shop. You know, the size of a medium sized wastebasket.
I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a commercial wool bag. And I certainly didn’t know they were 16 feet long and five feet wide.
Twenty minutes later Lanny was in my driveway with his pickup COMPLETELY overflowing with wool. An ENTIRE pickup load. That he had to TIE DOWN to keep it from falling out.
That’s a full size ladder in the background of the photo, folks. There is 350 lbs of wool in those bags. THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY pounds.
What on earth am I gonna do with 350 lbs of wool?
It would make great quilt batting. I calculated it out and I can make 140 twin size quilt batts with 350 lbs of wool.
I won’t make 140 quilts in my lifetime, for crying out loud.
I could sell it, but it costs money up front to have it made into batting. Is there even a market out there for locally grown wool batting? Quilters, what do you think?
Anybody have any brilliant ideas on what I should do with my “free elephant”?