I decided to read the Icarus pattern today, which is probably just as well, because I'm more than halfway through knitting it.
The pattern calls for 1,200 yards of laceweight yarn.
I have a skein that has about 874 yards in it (I looked it up!)
a) Figured that the designer, who presumably has knit this shawl at least once, unlike me, bought a 1,200 yard skein and only used, say, 800 yards of it for the shawl, but forgot to mention that she had a big ball of yarn left over.
b) Figured that by 1,200 yards, the designer actually meant 874 yards.
c) Figured when I started knitting this a year ago that I would somehow alter the pattern so that it takes 300 fewer yards of yarn or so to knit.
I'm going with c. I think I must have reasoned that I can leave out one of the pattern repeats, although whether this will give me enough yarn to finish the shawl, I still don't know.
So that leaves me with a new question:
a) Call LYSes tomorrow to find a skein of the yarn I need, but don't buy it yet.
b) Find the yarn, buy the yarn, but keep it unwound and in a bag with the receipt so I can return it if the answer to the first question is a or b.
c) Wait until it's the week before the wedding, I have run out of yarn completely, the shawl remains unfinished, and THEN start looking for the yarn.