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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Am I Going To Make It?

I'm zipping along on my second Paraphernalia sock and I've got plenty of time to get it finished by the end of the month.  (As of right now, I'm 42 rounds from beginning toe decreases.)  My question is, do I have enough yarn?  My gut is saying no.  Do I have a Plan B?  No.  There are a few things I could do if I run out of yarn:

  • I could frog the socks and reknit them with fewer repeats on the legs, but I don't want to.
  • I could keep going and just finish the toe of the second sock with something else pink if I need to, but I'm pretty sure I don't have anything else This Color of pink.
  • I could order more yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts and cross my fingers that it's fairly close colorwise, but even if they keep highly detailed dying notes, this is handdyed and there will be differences.
  • I could scour Ravelry for other people who have used this yarn and beg them to let me buy their leftovers.
That's what I've come up with so far, but I haven't really settled on any one plan.  For now, I'm knitting as fast as I can, in the hopes that the yarn will stretch just because of my knitting speed - kinda like when you're low on gas and you drive fast so you can coast farther if you do run out.  Doesn't yarn allow coasting?  I guess in the meantime I should start looking in Ravelry for people who've used this color because that should get me the extra yarn the fastest.  Cross your fingers for me and send me stretchy yarn thoughts!

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Blogger Jessica said...

Grey toes! Unknit the toes of both of them and make them grey. Pink and grey is a good combination and they'll match your sweat socks!!

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Meaghan said...

I was going to post what Jessica said. Find a nice second colour, and knit the toes of BOTH socks a different colour. They will match, and I think look cool.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Helene said...

I once ran out of sock yarn too. I searched on ravelry. Found a woman with 1 skein left (I figured if you have two in your stash you wouldn't want to part with one) and she sold it to me. I had it in 2 days. It's worth a try before you unknit to reknit the toes (which was my next option).

12:04 PM  
OpenID wonkydonkey said...

Oh, how many times I have been in the same will-the-yarn-last predicament! (Just last week, as a matter of fact - and no, it didn't stretch enough; I had to get a coordinating color to finish off a sweater yoke). I know the feeling well, and it's THE reason I knit socks from the toe-up now.
Failing a rescue from Ravelry, I third the suggestion to knit both toes in a contrast color.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I just finished a pair of socks where I had the same issue -- my gut said no way was I going to have enough yarn. As it turned out, I did -- but just barely; I measured my leftover strand, and it was not quite 11 feet long. Ulp!

I agree with the suggestion to have matching toes of a different color, though. That should free up enough yarn to make what you have work out.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I also the idea of making matching toes. Good luck! Please keep us posted.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I've gone the Ravelry route in the past and have always been successful. Fingers crossed for you.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Pink Lemon should have yellow toes on her pink socks!

6:07 PM  

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