Wednesday, March 12, 2008

E is for Exasperated

E is for exasperated. Gentle readers, it's those Monkeys. There's Not Enough Yarn to finish them.

Not enough yarn

Thanks to encouragement from my excellent SP6 pal, Yarn Pirate, I discovered I can eke out a pair of me-sized lace anklets from one skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (215 yds, 196 m). There even was a successful encore. So emboldened, I had hoped that, with the addition of contrast cuffs and toes, one skein of Claudia Hand Painted (180 yd, 164 m) would be sufficient for mini-Monkeys. But, alas, the yarn was exhausted at mid-arch. More extreme measures were required.

The two most expedient solutions would be either to buy another skein of the same yarn or to start the contrast yarn early. Eh, neither is an option in this case – the yarn was a singleton in MY sale bin and I don't want a colorblock look here. So I frogged back to the beginning of the arch and started alternating Claudia with the contrast yarn, Socka. It's a pity I don't have a better match for Claudia in stash (say, Louet Gems), but this is not bad. It looks etiolated, which makes conceptual sense since this is the part of the sock that lives in the shoe, out of sunlight.

Monkey reloaded

Moving along, here's a six degrees of separation experiment: if you know the Mystery Magic Loop Knitter that Kim kinnear'd on the Pier 11 ferry, do let her know.


Bezzie said...

Egads! What a pain in the exterior sitting apparatus.

I love seeing phantom knitters around the city..hee hee.

Jeanne said...

That's really too bad that you ran out of yarn - but it looks like your solution is going to work - very cute socks! I love seeing other knitters in public!

--Deb said...

Ouch! Don't you hate that? Your solution looks like it's working wonderfully, though!

Devorah said...

Oh I hate when that happens. Quick thinking on your part, they look good!

Anonymous said...

Sorry you ran out, but I think the solution is great!

Kim said...

Eeek! What a pain in the arse to have to rip back that much. But the alternating Claudia's & Socka looks fab. Thanks for putting out the word on the mystery knitter. I wonder if the knit-blogosphere will work its magic and I'll find out who she is.

Jessica said...

Geez! I hate it when that happens! At least you found a solution.