Friday, April 06, 2007

It's not fun to run out of yarn

This is a picture taken last night of the Bloomin' Feet socks. Was I wrong to be a little nervous!? The toes are now closed and after weaving in the yarn ends, I have 4 pieces of yarn left over - each about 6"-8" long. I am so glad I did not divide the skein in half as I would never have done it as closely as it needed to be divided. Instead, after winding the skein on the ball winder, I started one sock from the inside and one from the outside and knit both together. This is a fun pattern - it is Central Air from one of last year's STR club offerings. I'd definitely make it again, but maybe try it toe up so that I don't stress over running out of yarn.

Although, that does seem to be a common theme around here lately - check out this picture. Do you see what's wrong?

It's a bandanna and it's supposed to be a triangle. The pattern called for 1 skein of two different colors (one for the main color and one for a ruffly trim). I'm not quite sure what went wrong here (I even used the same yarn called for in the pattern), but I had to order another skein. It won't be the same dye lot, but hopefully it won't be too far off. Since I was placing an order anyway, I included one of the new Addi Lace circular needles - for this:


I decided I wanted my Moth to fly with large wings and after a discussion with my yarn consultant, we decided that I needed to go shopping for a yarn other than the Zephyr I was planning on using. This was also after deciding that there was absolutely nothing in the stash that would be appropriate. Carole did make a good point when she said how great this shawl is and that I really needed just the right yarn. I now have two choices - the Kid Silk Haze you see in the picture or Louet Kidlin Pixie (a linen/mohair yarn) in a cranberry color. I am leaning towards the orange because it makes me smile.

11 comments:

Yarn Collectors Anonymous said...

I have seen several blog posts about the STR yarn running out before the socks are completed or so close like yours....makes me nervous to make socks!!! Glad you were able to finish the socks!! Hopefully the yarn for your bandana will match close enough.

Margene said...

I've been thinking of Moth, too. I have a lovely periwinkle mohair/silk...mmmm.

Carole Knits said...

I love the orange Kidsilk Haze. I hope you're doing okay. First holidays can be really rough.

KeanaLee said...

Boy you really cut it close on those socks but it's nice not to have a ton of yarn leftover! Can't wait to see the Moth, it's so pretty.

clothesknit said...

You really did cut it close on those socks! I'm glad you were able to finish them up!

Frances said...

I always convert a top down pattern to toe up! I prefer working with 2 circs toe up, it's less stressful for me that way!

Teyani said...

wow you only ended up with THAT tiny bit of yarn?? I think that you win the 'courage' award for this season's Bloomin' Feet :-)

anne said...

i LOVE the orange! it makes me smile too, among other things . . . thank you again for your generous gift!

Carola said...

I sometimes do the same thing, knitting from inside and outside until the threads meet ;-) But I have hardly ever had the courage to go for such short ends. Impressive and efficient!
The orange Kid Silk makes me smile, too.

Kimberly said...

Oh my heart-that sure was close. I'm knitting socks with my own handspun and I'm a wreck worrying about how much yarn I have, or don't have. Gulp.
Any yarn is worth using if it makes you smile. That's a sure clue it was meant to be knit.

Karen said...

Oh that is going to be stunning in that color!