When I hit the part where I was to start the last chart, for the lacy edging, I stopped for a bit of a think. It looked to me like I was going to finish that last chart with a lot of yarn left over, which meant a good bit of that gradient was going to go to waste. A bit of geometry was applied and I figured that I was at the halfway point knitting wise, but I had lots more than half the yarn left. Hurray! I could do one more repeat of the lace pattern used for the body of the shawl!
Famous last words, right?
As I inched up that last chart, row by row, I watched my rapidly-diminishing ball of yarn with increasing alarm.
There's a time-honored technique deployed by knitters everywhere when they find themselves in this situation - I knit faster and faster, hoping I'd finish before I ran out of yarn.
(Note to non-knitters: No, this doesn't work. It has never worked, but we keep doing it anyway.)
One moment I was
I had a row and a half of chart left -
but only this much yarn.
I needed to work one wrong side row, then the last row of the chart, and then I figured I could cheat and skip the last wrong side row and just head right for the bind off instead.
So, over, back, and over once more.
Yeah, yeah, this'll work. Yeah...
I marked the halfway point of that little ball of yarn and set off knitting. I barely made it over once, before hitting that mark. Even cheating, I was still going to end up a full row short.
Rip... Rewind. I went back to before the last chart started, then took out two extra rows from the body of the shawl (never miss them, right?), and started that last chart again.
I'm only a couple of rows from where I was last time, but I've got way more yarn left.
I'm sure it's going to work this time. Absolutely. Yep.
It's going to be fine.
Though I might start knitting a little faster...