This is going to be a semi-cryptic post, because yet again I'm making something for someone who doesn't know about it.
A little over two months ago I purchased the yarn for this gift at Michaels. I bought 3 skeins of one color and one of another, thinking I was going to make two presents and wanting to give myself options. Well, I decided on one project and have been working on it for ... well, two months. I realized the other day I was not going to have enough yarn in color #1. Even if I went back to the store, what were the odds of them having the same dye lot? I headed in tonight with my receipt and my errant skein, hoping for some kind of miracle.
First of all, Michaels has revamped its yarn section since the last time I was in there. Because I had a time limit, unfortunately I couldn't take my time looking through the aisles. I located my yarn -- only 3 skeins in the color I needed.
I checked the first one. No go on the dye lot. I felt dejected. Seriously, two months later? Who was I kidding? But because it would have been silly not to have checked the other two, I did. Jackpot! Skein #2 was a dye lot match. The lady at the front was quite nice and we did a clean exchange. And now I have enough yarn to finish this project. Now to find the motivation ...