If you haven't been following the thread on Ravelry, here's the deal. The owner has variously (and largely in this order) allegedly perpetrated the following:
- took pretty pictures of colorful yarn
- set up several business under various names
- conned people into setting up online stores on her behalf
- took a lot of money from a lot of people
- told them there would be a shipping delay
- failed to send any yarn
- exhibited customer service that could at best be called testy
- faced investigations by paypal, ebay, and etsy
- after many weeks, sent crappy yarn that was short in yardage, looked nothing like the photos, smelled of smoke, was felted and/or knotted, badly died, and bled like crazy
- claimed to be in the hospital with leukemia
- faced investigation by the US Postal Service
- committed pseuicide
Accusations have flown around anyone even remotely related to MCY, people who have bought base yarn from her, worked for her in the past, etc.
I'm facing a dilemma myself. I have long been fundamentally incapable of throwing away even the tiniest nubbin of yarn. I now have 5 skeins of MCY yarn. I did a bleed test on this silk and it hardly seemed to bleed at all, although I hear the other four skeins are prone to bleed. Throwing away five skeins of yarn would cause me almost physical pain.
In addition, I am totally a process knitter. I am all about the knitting itself and very little about the finished project. I leave things unfinished, unblocked, unwashed for ages and ages. There's a part of me that does not care if the finished project is totally unwearable. It's why I've knitted so many fugly items.
It's a dilemma. I may need to try the technique I read about this week in an article on hoarding: consider what my emotions would be if I threw the yarn away. I'll probably bury it in my stash for awhile until the urge to knit with it subsides. Then perhaps I can let it go.