Ishbel, interrupted

I must be loose. A looser knitter than Emilee, anyway. She finished her gorgeous Ishbel with less than one skein of Malabrigo sock yarn. That seduced me into thinking I could do the same. As I neared the end, I realized that I wasn’t going to make it. I weighed the remaining yarn and found that it takes a little more than one gram per row. I had 10 grams of yarn left. And 10 rows to go. And a bind off row. Ouch. I really didn’t want to buy another $20 skein for about 3 grams of yarn.


I kept knitting. Now I have three rows left to knit, plus a bind off row. This tiny ball of yarn isn’t going to make it.

Luckily, there is a Ravelry group called Malabrigo Junkies, and they have a forum thread titled “ISO/FT/FS.” In English, that’s “in search of/for trade/for sale.” Since I only needed a little, I posted there. Within a couple hours, I had a reply. KellyInTexas is my hero!

I love a happy ending, don’t you?

14 responses to “Ishbel, interrupted

  1. Don’t you wonder what we did before Ravelry? It’s definitely a knitting superhero website in cases like this! Glad it worked out for you.

  2. Phew!! That would be sad for just a little bit of yarn. What’s next on the list?

  3. I’m on Ravelry every day, yet I hadn’t thought of looking for a smidge more yarn there. Good hint!

  4. How lucky for you! Looking forward to seeing it done too.

  5. Thanks for that suggestion. I am about ready to start Ene’s scarf from Scarf Style and I ordered the yarn on-line 2 skeins as suggested. As I perused Ravelry – it looks like some folks needed 3!
    We’ll see. I love the color of your Ishbel

  6. Ravelry rocks!

    I hope the color is a fairly good match; I’ve heard that Malabrigo can vary a lot. Not too worried, though; it’s just the very edge. If it’s not the same, I’ll think of it as an accent, and be thankful every time I see it!

  7. I really love Ravelry for that reason! I’ve had yarn given to me and I’ve given yarn in return. So cool! Can’t wait to see your Ishbel. 🙂

  8. I love hap py endings too! And I hate that sinking feeling that you’re running out of yarn and totally in denial about it.

  9. I’m so glad you found someone with extra yarn! I think running out of yarn when I only need a few yards to finish a project is my worst nightmare.

  10. That is going to be a gorgeous Ishbel!! Thank goodness for generous ravelers!

  11. Lucy Anne Tillett

    Hmmm. Synchronicity here. I am almost out of my Sheep Sock Spring for my second sock. As I recall in February you made a model sock for Twisted–that was my inspiration to buy the colorway. You didn’t have enough for the second sock. Do you still have the rest of the ball? Sell? Trade for anything?

  12. I haven’t had much time in recent weeks for blog reading and am just trying to catch up now. Looks like you have been very busy! So lucky of you to be able to find enough yarn to finish.

  13. That’s fantastic! I love hearing stories like this! Look forward to seeing your finished Ishbel.

  14. I found out that Lucy Anne lives in my neighborhood! So the Sheep Feet Sock and I just took a little walk, and she has enough to finish her sock. Love that!