I am sure I am not alone in finding it difficult to throw away scraps of nice yarns and fabrics. Especially if the stuff is local, when I think of all the work that went into making it... from the shearing, to the processing, spinning and dyeing, I just cannot bring myself to throw any quantity of it in the trash.
And I'm not talking about usable quantities of remainders here. Even those scraps which are leftover from the scraps, I cannot help but keep.
Bits of yarn too short and tattered to even be used as scrap yarn. Bits of tweed and linen cloth so tiny and frayed, they wouldn't even work for those broche-making projects... But maybe I ought to save them for the covered buttons that in my imagination I have time to make? Of course there isn't enough for an entire set of buttons, so they would have to be mismatched...
It's ridiculous things like that come into my head as soon as I scoop up the scraps and reach for the bin. So the scraps stay, tangling around each other and fraying even more, their usefulness declining further still. They sit in bags and boxes, cluttering up my house and I should really just toss all of them out in one fell swoop.
Unless... Holding a bag in my hands and giving it a firm squeeze, I think: 'Surely I could use this for cushion stuffing?'
And so the bag is put back down and the scraps remain.