My initial plan when we visited Michaels earlier this week was to buy some Lionbrand Sockease. While I know it's not the poshest yarn in the world, I listened to all 100+ episodes of their podcast, Yarncraft, and wanted to give them some custom as a thank you. Anyway, Michaels didn't have any Sockease; they didn't have any sock yarn whatsoever and precious little fingering weight (4-ply). This meant that my other plan - to knit a second pair of socks from souvenir sock yarn has been totally stymied. (There is little chance I'll get to either of the other two major craft stores, Jo-Ann's or Hobby Lobby before we fly home tomorrow.)
So there I was, yesterday afternoon wondering what on earth I could knit now. I had leftover Toft Alpaca sock yarn, 75g of baby blue acrylic, a set of 2.5mm DPNs and a 7mm circular needle. Using the acrylic didn't appeal - I need to save it for future baby sweaters - which left the sock yarn. I dismissed starting another pair of socks; without weighing it, I know there just isn't enough yarn for a full pair and I don't have access to any other suitable yarn to make a pair of half-n-half socks. That left me with fingerless mitts/wristers. The only worry being, will I have enough yarn?
Last night, I started to work out a pattern, knitting as I go. Following a session with scales this morning, I now know that I have 38g of yarn to play with. Ravelry tells me that I have 174.8 metres left of the sock yarn. The scales tell me that the 24.5 rounds I've knitted so far weigh 6g, so 1g = 4 rounds. That means I can knit 76 rounds per wrister, a reasonable length, and still have a metre or two left over for repairs.
A bit of thought, some mathematics and a touch of creativity means that I can continue to practice my hobby without spending a dime. And I'm using up something that would normally get buried in stash for a few years. One last brownie point - I've started my 2015 Knit from Stash challenge early! Yay, me!!
(Here I am working on my new project, soaking up the sun and listening to a podcast in my favourite spot at TLA's house in Miami.)