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Ever have a project 99% complete and then run out of yarn? Frustrating, isn't it? On the flip side, ever work on a project while watching your ball of yarn get smaller and smaller, until you are holding your breath in dread, gripping the needles tighter and tighter, knitting faster and faster (as if you can "outrun" the ball if you finish quickly enough), anticipating catastrophy, only to end up with just enough yarn to finish? Well, that's what happened to me last weekend. :) (I'm not sure that the eventual feeling of relief actually makes up for all the anxiety that comes before, but it sure is better coming up short!)
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Nice job on the fingerless mitts! If you're running out of yarn near the end, here's a bind off trick for you that doesn't use any yarn.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/07/04/i_cant_stand_to_watch.html
Cindy M said:
Nice job on the fingerless mitts! If you're running out of yarn near the end, here's a bind off trick for you that doesn't use any yarn.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/07/04/i_cant_stand_to_watch.html
Good to know. Of course, you would then have to then take out the bind off of the first mitt and rework it the same way (on the same/corresponding row/round) or they won't match.
Pattern link so you don't have to copy/paste... http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/comfy-knit-wristers

... and a correction to a typo in my original post:

"...better than coming up short!"
Yes, I had a couple of close calls while making Christmas gifts as well. I was greatly relieved to make it.

I really like your knit-wristers. Thanks for posting.
Cindy M said:
Nice job on the fingerless mitts! If you're running out of yarn near the end, here's a bind off trick for you that doesn't use any yarn.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/07/04/i_cant_stand_to_watch.html
This is fabulous, I never heard of it. I'm a newbie still, and the things I'm learning here on KP are unbelievable!!
thank you for the pattern, i think that is to cool. wonder why you couldn't use that in socks? i gotta try it..not for the toeless, just for the pattern in the body of the sock? simple, but to cool...
maybe you noticed that i'm into socks? prolly you did.

TammyK said:
Pattern link so you don't have to copy/paste... http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/comfy-knit-wristers

... and a correction to a typo in my original post:

"...better than coming up short!"
:roll:
I know the feeling. Thankfully you had enough. rujam
Very nice, I like those fingerless gloves!
What yarn did you use?
TammyK said:
Ever have a project 99% complete and then run out of yarn? Frustrating, isn't it? On the flip side, ever work on a project while watching your ball of yarn get smaller and smaller, until you are holding your breath in dread, gripping the needles tighter and tighter, knitting faster and faster (as if you can "outrun" the ball if you finish quickly enough), anticipating catastrophy, only to end up with just enough yarn to finish? Well, that's what happened to me last weekend. :) (I'm not sure that the eventual feeling of relief actually makes up for all the anxiety that comes before, but it sure is better coming up short!)
Tammy, as always, your work is impecable... they're beauties.

I had to chuckle when I read that you were knitting fast in an attempt to "outrun" the yarn to complete the task. Whew!! But, you made it, girlfriend. Knitting fast worked, as evidenced by just that little bit of leftover yarn. LOL
Cindy M said:
Nice job on the fingerless mitts! If you're running out of yarn near the end, here's a bind off trick for you that doesn't use any yarn.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/07/04/i_cant_stand_to_watch.html
Thanks for sharing this technique, Cindy. I saved it... in case I ever need it.
Yes Tammy, I've had that happen! Every year I knit a garment for my Grand Daughter and then "build" an outfit around it. Two years ago I was making her a blue sweater (to match her very pretty eyes) with black trim. I had planned everything, little black leggings, matched the color of the yarn for the sweater to sock yarn to make legwarmers, a spiffy black felted fedora..oh it was going to be so darling.

As I worked the sweater, I watched the skeins of blue yarn vanish and the last one had me sweating with each row. I only had enough blue to seam because I had left long tails on my cast ons! Phew I was left with 18" of yarn!
I know just what you mean. Who would think we should get so anxious, but the relief is worth it.
courier770 said:
Yes Tammy, I've had that happen! Every year I knit a garment for my Grand Daughter and then "build" an outfit around it. Two years ago I was making her a blue sweater (to match her very pretty eyes) with black trim. I had planned everything, little black leggings, matched the color of the yarn for the sweater to sock yarn to make legwarmers, a spiffy black felted fedora..oh it was going to be so darling.

As I worked the sweater, I watched the skeins of blue yarn vanish and the last one had me sweating with each row. I only had enough blue to seam because I had left long tails on my cast ons! Phew I was left with 18" of yarn!
You like to live dangerously, don't ya??
Cindy M said:
Nice job on the fingerless mitts! If you're running out of yarn near the end, here's a bind off trick for you that doesn't use any yarn.

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/07/04/i_cant_stand_to_watch.html
Thanks for sharing that link! Will come in very handy!
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