24 + 24 > 50
After I finished my first little socklet for my mother-in-law, I weighed it in order to know whether I would have enough yarn to finish the second one. I had one 50 gram ball of Regia Silk, so as long as the first one was under 25 grams, I should be ok. Luckily, the first weighed 24 grams. I did not leave excessively long tails when casting on or after completing the toe, so theoretically, I should have had enough to finish the pair.
As you can see, I am a very little bit short. Just how much?
Ever so close. *Sigh* But wait! I knew I had some of this yarn in my own personal stash, so I went off digging to find it, only to find that, of course, I have different colors. In the meantime, I weighed the other two balls that I had gotten for my MIL. One color, "coal," was indeed only 48 grams. The other, "linen," was 50 grams. Interestingly enough, I have linen in stash, so if that one had come up short, I'd have been ok. And no, I don't have coal in stash. *Another sigh*
So I took myself back to Knit Happens to get some more yarn. I wasn't too pleased at having to buy a $10 ball of yarn just to knit something like 5 rows, either. I'm sure I could have appealed to someone on Ravelry to send me some leftovers, but who knows how long that would take? Knit Happens had more of the white, but no more coal. I got a lighter shade of grey to use on the toes of the coal socks.
When I got home, I whipped out the new ball of white (I got two, so at least I could make myself a pair of socks out of this fiasco), held it up to the sock to finish the toe, and.... different dye lots. Very different dye lots. The new white was a much whiter white than the old white, even though they have the same name:
If you look closely at the toe, you can see that it's a little bit brighter than the rest of the sock, but it's so subtle that I don't think anyone will really notice. The socks will be in shoes most of the time, after all.
I still haven't decided what to knit next. I haven't even really had time to think about it. Any recommendations?
Any thoughts on the debate or McCain's decision to go negative (or rather, more negative) for the rest of the campaign?