It was too soon for the original knitter and her husband to adopt another kitty, and by the time they were ready, the stray cat had a happy home with someone else. Which is of course a good ending to that part of the story.
By this time, the original knitter had started following the other librarian knitter's blog, and then friended her on Facebook. The other librarian knitter talked a lot about how she had become obsessed with spinning, and would post pictures of the prettiest yarn that she had spun.
Then, one day the original knitter visited a nearby yarn shop, and saw a skein of yarn that she just loved. Turns out, it was the other librarian knitter's handspun! But the original knitter was already spending too much that day, so she left it behind, but sent the other librarian knitter a FB message complimenting her on the yarn.
Fast forward a year or so, when out of the blue, the other librarian knitter contacts the original knitter, asking if she is interested in the yarn - at no cost! (See #2 in this post.) Well, the original knitter was not going to say "no" but she did want to offer to buy the other librarian knitter lunch or something as a friendly gesture. So they agreed to meet one day after work for a drink.
It was so much fun to meet the other librarian knitter! She was just as funny, and interesting as I expected, and we had a good time over a couple of fancy drinks. And here is my yarn:
Meet Lovestruck Zebra - 220 yards of Romney wool, worsted/aran weight, and ready for a project! Isn't it pretty? The colors (which are not captured perfectly well here) are a variation of deep reds to dark pinks, blacks to grays, and a little bit of white. I truly love this yarn! And I can't believe that it was just gifted to me, though I am truly grateful and happy about that.
In order for this tale to end happily ever after, though, I need to decide what to knit with it. The tag said it would be good for mittens, but I just haven't decided what I'll do. Feel free to suggest projects in the comments.
In the meantime, I am enjoying just seeing it in my stash every day. :-)