My last message to you may have been a bit overdramatic - at the time, it seemed that the combined issues of gauge and missing yarn left me up knit creek without my paddle.
However, I've come to you today to tell you that it's all going to be okay - not just for me, but for all of you as well. These knit disasters we occasionally find ourselves in? they're just temporary! With a well rested and thoughtful mind, you can find the way out of just about any problematic situation.
Here's how I handled it:
To recap, I realized that my vest was running small, and worried it might not fit the recipient. In addition, I managed to lose all of my remaining yarn for the project. These two problems combined made my task seem almost hopeless.
I emailed my friend and got every conceivable measurement she would provide. It turns out that her waist is actually fine with the current vest size. Her bust is a bit larger, but I was just getting there anyways - I worked out a scheme to increase a few stitches gradually on the sides in the bust region, and I'm optimistic the vest will fit. Crisis 1 under control!
I ordered additional yarn to replace the missing balls. Dye lot is a notorious issue when it comes to adding yarn late in the game. I jumped in and hoped for the best. This might just be some amazing luck, but my new Patons Angora Bamboo matches perfectly. Even held in the light, I can't tell the difference. So crisis 2 averted as well!
I've made some more progress and am just a few inches on the back and a neckline away from completion!
The moral of this story is clear - when things look like they're falling apart, take a breath, look forward, and don't give up. There's soft cushy yarn at the end of the tunnel.