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.