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Oh yarn June 28, 2008

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I don’t know why this keeps happening to me!  But I’m cruising along on a project and towards the end, I find myself with barely enough yarn to complete anything!  For instance yesterday I was knitting a lobster (pattern here) and due to a) several mishaps with the claws and b) having used some of the yarn before for small swatches of this and that, I found myself with not enough to finish it in red.  So I had to dig around my yarn stash and make the decision of either using white or a mixed color skein.  The conservative side of me said “white!  white!” because it would look less silly.  But then I thought again to something I heard/read that if you run out of a particular color, you should use something so contrasting to make it pop and more interesting.  I’m glad that I did choose the crazy yarn because the parts I ended up using blended in wonderfully and the bright yellow at the tip of one claw looks cool.

Anyhow, back to my dilemma.  I’ve been knitting a messenger bag.  I had barely started into a super saver skein of Red Heart.  Now I’m about 1/4 of the way into the second side of my bag and very little yarn left.  This morning I already made a trip to Wal-Mart to buy some brown and white yarn (to make the little Woodins found here at Knitty).  But I really really don’t want to go back to buy a huge skein of yarn I don’t need that much of.  I know that if I buy it, I’ll use what I need of it and then the rest of it will sit in my bag forever.  Since knitting with it this past week, I’ve decided that I do not like Red Heart.  The yarn is scratchy and just not my cup of tea.  But back to my point.  I’m really stuck in deciding between buying a whole new skein or using something crazy from my stash.

What exactly am I going to use the bag for?  Mostly to cart around while I run errands and to put my son’s stuff in when we go out.  So on the one hand I want it to look cool and uniform all over, but on the other, I guess it doesn’t need to be all fancy.  Good thing I’m hungover today so I don’t really need to contemplate it that hard, I can wait ’til tomorrow to worry.

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