So, the knitting that I was doing while waiting to find out that our car is on life support yesterday was the second in a pair of Jaywalker socks knit from Socks that Rock lightweight in the "Ruby Slippers" colorway. I really like the pattern and the yarn, but I knew that I was going to be very close to not having enough yarn to finish the second sock. I should have had *just* enough--with my swatches (which I frogged and used) I had *exactly* enough yarn to finish. The fact that I was going to finish them yesterday (a/k/a "The Day on Which Neither Matter-Eater Lad nor I Should Have Gotten Out of Bed") meant, of course, that I ran out of yarn halfway through the toe of the sock. Ten ever-decreasing rows short of completion there was no more yarn. I thought that I had two options:
1) Use totally random yarn to finish the sock, or;
2) Order a whole new skein and plan on making another pair of shorter socks as well.
Neither of these options pleased me. I didn't *want* a random toe, and I would rather work with a new colorway.
My friend K. suggested a third option:
3) Call the dye/yarn shop and see if they have any scraps hanging around that they may be willing to send me.
So, I tried option #3. And it *totally worked*. The nice woman at Blue Moon Fiber Arts had some mini-skeins of that colorway for some of her stranded sock kits, and she is sending them to me!
Strictly as a thank-you, I also ordered one skein of STR lightweight in Fire on the Mountain. I wouldn't want to appear ungrateful.