Oh wow - that's made me all nostalgic. I used to go around lots of the old woollen mills in that area as a kid. My mum used to buy sacks of sweepings and sort them to crochet into granny square blankets and shawls and headscarves and things. I can still smell the air in those mills if I try hard enough, and hear the noise...
Location: Allentown, PA but we bought off-grid property in Newark Valley, NY
posted 7 months ago
I imagine all that yarn was no longer worth anything because it was on spindles that worked with the old machinery but couldn't be sold off to work in the newer machines. Pretty emblematic of the kind of thinking that turns a resource into a waste.