When I began knitting my Urban Rattlesnake socks I had 100gm of Louet Gems fingering yarn. More than enough for a pair of socks one would think.
Things began to look dubious after I turned the heel and launched into the gusset. This is all leftover yarn, of course, the remains from the Arctic Diamonds Stole, much of it in little bits and squibs. Hard to tell exactly what you have on hand without weighing it.
So I weighed it. Again. Barely halfway down the foot, and I had 8gm left per sock. Never going to make it. No, no, no. Must have been those yarn-gobbling cables that did the dirty deed.
Having reached the end of a pattern repeat, I immediately ceased cabling, decreased eight stitches (cuz plain knitting doesn't pull in so tight as cables) and continued in plain stockinette. This strategy will not save the situation, but it will allow the new, contrasting yarn to be joined close enough to the toe to, perhaps, look like a (ahem) "design feature."
And thus we come to the contrasting yarn. There are two possible colors – blue or white.
Two of the three possible blues are Brown Sheep Wildfoote, a potential problem as Wildfoote is a very skinny fingering, while Louet Gems is a fairly fat fingering. The solid blue is about the same weight as the Louet, a point in its favor.
A cream/white color would be perfectly appropriate. White goes with everything, right? I have plenty of cream Baby Ull. And the other is Knitpicks Essential Tweed Bare, more of a gray-white, with little flecks of color.
I'm having a teensy decision problem. The blue would be pleasantly daring. The cream is attractive, but rather tame, although tame can be okay. Sometimes. Perhaps the Knitpicks Tweed to get the best of both worlds? Perhaps?