This is not so much a "How-to" question as it is a "What the heck happened" question.
I bought a hank of cashmere yarn to crochet a scarf a few years ago. I started making the scarf about a year ago, then I put it away just in a cloth tote bag that I used to carry the project around. It was in my sewing room which is a cool dry place. the other day I brought out the tote bag and reintroduced myself to the project with the intention of finishing the last few rows of the scarf and being done with it. As I crocheted the first few stitches and pulled out the new yarn from the middle of the ball, I very quickly came to the end of the yarn. So I dug around inside the ball and found the matching beginning and added it on to my working yarn and continued crocheting. I figured there must have been a knot in the yarn from when I was working on it last year and I must have cut the knot just before putting it away. So then I continued crocheting and not too much farther down the row, the same thing happened. I gently pulled the new yarn from the ball and it was broken again, but this time it was also broken about 6 inches further along on the yarn! Ugh! So I reconnected it and continued, and a little further down the same thing happened, breaks in the yarn about 6 inches apart! After that, I was able to crochet for quite a long way with no more breakage.
So, here's my question...What the heck is happening with this yarn?
I purchased it in a hank, so I had to open it up and wind it on my yarn ball winder before I could use it. It was all in one piece when I wound it with no knots that I noticed and no breakage.
This is also my very first cashmere project so I have never dealt with cashmere before.
Any insights would be greatly appreciated!