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Yarn Disaster! - Qualified Perceptions
Yarn Disaster!
I'm working on the "Like the Maile sweater, but bigger" sweater, and I have miscalculated the amount of yarn needed. Curses. I was close, but not close enough.

Then, it turns out that this is a Riduclously Obscure Yarn (Prism Saki in "Layers: Garnet". The "Layers" part is apparently new and experimental). I mean, I just bought it because it looked pretty - it's a deep shaded blackberry that is actually probably a little too dark for indoor lighting, oops. But my friend the internet has mostly failed me, except in that I got to talk to a yarn store person in Washington who explained that she had called the manufacturer and they had explained about the "new and experimental" part, and they didn't have any more in stock. They might dye some again some time.

So option one is to start calling yarn stores all over the country (including, admittedly, the one that I bought it). On the actual phone. Which I really don't like doing. Option two is to pull out the cuffs and the hem and replace them with another color (the one the previous Maile was made from would be both okay, colorwise, and thematically appropriate), recycle the yarn, and since that still probably won't be enough, do some of striping before the collar in the same color. My horrible photoshop suggests that this might not be a ridiculously terrible plan, but I don't know about the stripes.

The angel on my shoulder says I have to be good and call a bunch of yarn stores before I can fall back to option two. The devil says they won't have it, so I can be lazy, but the devil also says the light edging will look goofy. The devil also mocks my Photoshop, and I must admit she has a point. Though the buttons leaking through from the pink sweater kind of match the stitch markers on the blackberry sweater, which I think I should take as a good omen.

(I seem to have used "lazy" to mean "do a lot of work doing something complicated, rather than make some phone calls", so maybe that wasn't the right word. But it's definitely trying to get away with something.)

Current Mood: grumpy grumpy

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remcat From: remcat Date: September 8th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Depending on how you feel about contacting strangers, you might try emailing/facebooking this person:


(She has two skeins listed in stash on Ravelry.)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 8th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's embarassing. I failed to see the stash because she had no photo, and my default view doesn't show photoless things! There's someone else who has the leftovers of a skein listed under Saki (Layers is a family of colorways, more than a different yarn, but I didn't know that until I started looking).

thanks! :) (I will try that, though I really should call the original yarn store, which sounds like less of a trial now that I am less grumpy about it.)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 10th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
The leftovers person has 17g rather than 97g left, but even that should be enough. Hooray! (If nothing else, it will let me do collar and cuffs without the stripes, but I think 17g should be enough for the whole neck).
mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: September 8th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I fear that I am approaching the same point on my Aeolian shawl. Really stresses up the project, doesn't it?

But adding a cool edge effect to the sweater is totally a bonus, and way better than having a boring old sweater that's all the same color.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: September 8th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely call the yarn store, it isn't a big deal. I bet ths sort of thing happens a lot.

But I actually like the striping, if you had enough to it that way. The way it follows the neckline curve looks intentional.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: September 9th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
The stripes look nifty, but would they trump the subtle color variations in the yarn?
treiza From: treiza Date: September 10th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Let me know if there's anything I can do to help!
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 10th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I might have had to call on your contacts in the Frozen Northwest to visit the original yarn store, but they didn't have it but a helpful fellow knitter does have some left, so I am saved! :)
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