Monday, August 11, 2008

The toe that almost wasn't

I knit the first sock of this pair in record time (for me). After casting on for the second sock and knitting the cuff, it was cast aside for baby knitting. Oh, the lure of a new project!

I began to miss my sock knitting, though, and pulled the unfinished sock out a couple of weeks ago. I was knitting fast and furious until the project bag began to feel suspiciously light. Taking a peek inside, I saw what no knitter wants to see: a dwindling yarn supply, one that obviously wouldn't make it to the finish line. In denial at first, I knit on, keeping careful watch on my yarn.

I owe my toe to Ravelry


I finally had to admit defeat when it was time to start the sock toe. I had only 18 inches or so of yarn remaining and had to make a decision. Knit the toe in a different yarn (meaning I would have to rip back the toe on the first sock as well if I wanted them to match)? Frog the cuff of both socks to get the yarn I needed?

Before taking those drastic steps, I decided to put out a plea on Ravelry. I did a search for the yarn--Colinette Jitterbug in the Tuscany colorway--and found several knitters who had the yarn or had used the yarn. Bingo! I found a compassionate knitter named Jen who offered me the leftover yarn from her socks and mailed it to me right away. What a relief.

Jitterbug socks relaxing


I now have a complete--matching--pair, thanks to a Ravelry, and a knitter willing to help a fellow knitter in need. Life is good!

11 comments:

La Cabeza Grande said...

What a kindness to a knitter in need. And what a great pair of socks!

yoel said...

Another reason why ravelry is so great! The socks are wonderful!

Hopelovepeace said...

love the socks!

tiennie said...

Ravelry is so awesome! I really like how these socks turned out.

sue said...

What a great color in those socks, and I am glad that you could get some more. I agree ravelry is great for things like that.

nuttyirishman said...

Great socks! And it feels like sock weather here in KS. What's up with all the rain? It's near chilly outside this morning! (But you won't hear me complaining... bring on fall!)

Lorie M. said...

Aren't knitters nice? That jitterbug is on my to try list, I love Colinette yarn..Nice sockies!

kewpiedoll99 said...

Lovely yarn! I'd like to try it myself. Although, I consider myself warned about having enough yarn. This is why I especially like knitting socks from the toe up. When you run out of yarn, you know you will have a complete sock, whatever the length... :)

mayaluna said...

What wonderful socks and a fantastic story to go with it. Love those happy endings...cast offs!

Regina said...

I love when good things like this happen! Great socks!

June said...

I had the same problem, same plea on ravelry, and the same results! Good for you - they are gorgeous!