Monday, April 16, 2012

Evah Feel A Bit Jaded?

Have you ever fell in love with a yarn? I'm sure you have. I know I fall in love with yarn ALL THE TIME!   For me, it is more than just "yarn lust," it's a full-fledge, heart pounding "yarn love" that I regularly suffer from.  Why else would I choose to live with so much of it???  The only problem is the heartache that happens when the relationship splits up (like when the manufacturer decides to discontinue a particular line of yarn regardless of its popularity, or how deep my love for it is) -- or, when you discover that, gasp!, there is more than just one dye lot.

Yummy hand-dyed Tosh Merino Light yarn by Madelinetosh; 2 different dye lots.
Yes, I'm feeling a bit jaded.  Jade is the manufacturer's name of the hand-dyed yarn I have slated next for my crochet hook. I had received one hank as a gift from my good friend Grace back in 2011. I loved the yarn so much, I wanted more! So I ordered two more hanks earlier this year, and now that I am ready to start my project, I noticed the extreme color difference. Sigh. I should have known better!

In the picture above, the "cake" is the original Jade, while the two hanks are more like a granny smith apple green. Usually I recommend buying all the yarn you need - AT THE SAME TIME - to ensure this doesn't happen.  But at the time, I didn't know what the yarn wanted to grow up to be; I just knew that I loved it and had to have it.  I was willing to let the relationship go slow; to "mature with age;" until it was ready to blissfully flow from wound cake to individual loops swooning magically off my hook.

What to do? What to do?   Since I need to blend in the two dye lots, I plan to save the darker for the trim; using the lighter for the body of the project.   Next time, if you see an empty peg hanging at your LYS of a yummy yarn, know that it was me, buying out the entire stock -- of the same dye-lot. :)


Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Ahhh yes the love affair with yarn...and when bad stuff happens to good yarn, love it no less!

I never seem to buy enough yarn at one time for a project and this happens a lot to me, so I do just what you are doing, the darker for the trim and the lighter for the body. I feel in good company now. :)

Wishing you a wonderful hooky day. :)

byhooks4u said...

Argh!! I hate it when that happens..worse yet is when a favorite color is discontinued with out notice..Happy Hooking