Funny story. (Funny shoot yourself, not funny ha-ha.)
Less than halfway through the sock, it seemed I was more than halfway through my yarn. I started to panic because I only had two balls. So I decide to find the ball band, see what color it was, and order some more – even though I didn’t think I could get the same dyelot, I could alternate skeins on the second sock or something.
I have four ball bands from KPM, although I’ve only made 1 pair of socks with KPM before. A bit upsetting, considering I didn’t think I had taken the ball bands off any other balls except this gray one (I bought it before I had a swift, so when they offered to wind I gladly said yes!). I could rule out one band right away – it was color NR, and I had the good sense to write “Go with the flow socks” on the back. One had no color. One was color 3005, and one was color 2236.
I google and google, and I can’t find ANYTHING made with KMP 3005. And 2236 is gray (but check out purl’s selection, 2290, 2400, 2425, and 1030 are also a nice gray with hints of blue and purple). Also, I have some vintage koigu sitting around. One of the labels had a price tag for $10.40! Not on sale!
Finally, I realized that I bought some Kersti at the same time – and I own far less Kersti (only 3 colors, two of which are still in hanks with the bands), and the one kersti band I had in my box of ball bands had a specific style of price tag; and the KPM 2236 label had the same style of tag — so I’m reasonably confident that the unknown colorway was 2236. Keep your fingers crossed for me until it shows up.
Of course, then, as I continued on the foot, I started to think I wasn’t going to run out. I still had a bit when I was coming into the toe. But in the end, I did need to tap into the second ball I already had in order to finish:
Now I’m just waiting for my new batch to come in (I ordered two more balls from Purl, thinking I was going to use like a ball and a half to make the first sock). I’m going to make sock #2 out of batch 2 (the toe takes maybe, maybe 5 yards from the second ball) and then have two balls from different dyelots for future gray socks (toe up!)
Of course, now there’s the problem of what to work on until that comes…