Yes, I was knitting something from someone else's pattern.
The Divine Though Blogless Elizabeth knit this lovely tank top (Solo) by Chris Bylsma. It was cute and lovely and I wanted one. So I looked up it's yardage and ordered extra yarn just in case. The largest size claims it will need 590 yards of fingering weight yarn - I bought 6 skeins of yarn from WEBs in a closeout yarn (and gloated about the total price coming in under $20.00), giving me 642 yards. I'm knitting a sort of combo -- large back and extra large front (which is so weird since I just bought a size small shirt at Target).Yes, I was doing a little adapting, but mostly just fitting stuff. But it made a lovely all but mindless knit...
I discovered that the yardage information provided by the pattern writer was WAY off. Seriously ... way off.
I'd knit a skein and 2/3 of yarn (thus rapidly approaching 1/3 of the yarn I have), and discovered that I had not yet gotten to 1/3 of the distance between my hem and the underarm. I was knitting a wide belt, not a tank top. (Notably, with shaping, things get... well... bigger around that area just past the underarm -- using up most of the yarn before the increase in circumference is not a pattern for success).
The Divine Though Blogless Elizabeth made a large -- using stash yarn (she had enough for a long sleeved deep collared tunic) and used 770 yards of yarn! Clearly, by 642 are not going to make a full tank top for me.
Alas, I made a newbie mistake. I DID check Errata. I DID look to see if there were comments on Ravelry about troubles with the pattern. The only errata explains a symbol on the chart (one that most chart knitters know anyway. There are no comments on the Ravelry page. But now that I've gone back and looked at finished projects on Ravelry, I realize that I could have discovered the problem. If you look closely (i.e. read the details on sizes knit and yards used), you discover that an XL takes over 800 yards.
That closeout bit means that I cannot get more of the yarn I'm using. Even Ravelry can't help me... no one has this yarn in this color in their stashes that they're admitting they'll sell.
So... I guess I'm not knitting Solo any more.
I am, however knitting a tank top with this yarn. I've loosened up my gauge a LOT, and will be adding some extra lace or something to to back to effectively loosen up the gauge still more.
I'm likely to be quite happy with the top I end up with. It's just not going to be either the one I'd planned on knitting, or the mindless fun I was looking for.