Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Running Out of Bomber Worm

     Recently I participated in a Westknits KAL named Rockefeller.  My second KAL - ever.  I wanted to go outside the box and thought a mystery KAL would do it.  And I like Stephen West so when I saw his Mystery Shawl KAL I was all over it.
     I bought and printed the first clue of the pattern.  I looked over my stash to find a color combo I would like together.   In my head I played with all the possibilities that the finished project might look like.  I went back to my stash twice because I didn't have enough yardage.
     Not having a blue something and my favorite color being blue.  I wanted a blue something.  A dark and light blue.  Minneapolis by JKnits and Bomber Worm by Sanguine Griffon.  I had my colors and wound my yarn.
     I started knitting clue 1.   I waited by the mail for the next clue to "ding-in".  Clue 2, clue 3.  We were up to clue 4.  I finished one wing.  I started the other wing and half way through I ran out of yarn!   What happened?  Usually I make sure I have enough to finish whatever I start.  But this time I miscalculated and wound up short.  Way short.  Like half a wing short.
     To make matters worse this was no ordinary yarn.  This was an indie dyer named Sanguine Gryphon.  Not only was it an indie dyer - it was an indie dyer that no longer dyes under that name.  And even though the one company became two neither of the two companies (Cephalopod and Verdant Gryphon) are dying this color now.  I went into full on panic mode.
     I needed about 15 grams or 60 yards to finish.  First stop Ravelry.  I tried a post on a destash page - nothing.  I moved onto looking for it in other Ravelers stash.  I found one - in Norway.  I think the distance over an ocean and the distance of $55 for one skein of yarn quickly squashed that idea.
     I spoke to Susie (aka KnittingKnoobie), who Tweets, and she offered to help.  She tweeted - no chirps back.
     PinkLemonTwist suggested I look at project where the wanted yarn was used and I might find a little left over bit.  So I did and whatta know? A few projects where I could imagine my yardage being saved in a mini skein pile.  I was hoping that whoever also bought this yarn thinks it is as special as I do and wouldn't possibly throw a little bit away.  I kept my fingers crossed and contacted 2 people.  I got responses from both!  RiverPoet had 20 grams.  A week later I had my yarn in hand and was finally able to finish my Rockefeller Shawl.
     I would like to thank KnittingKnoobie for the Tweets, PinkLemonTwist for sharing her brilliance and RiverPoet for her generosity.  An honorable mention goes to DizzyBea for her offer.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to you, I went over to Ravelry and fell down the Stephen West rabbit hole once again:) His designs make my fingers twitch to cast-on something.