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08-13-2010, 10:43 PM
I bought some Lion Brand yarn for a large project. However, half of the skeins are from one dye lot (47758) and the rest from another (47760). The yarn is a multi-colored yarn. Do you think that this will cause a problem?
The project is composed of two halves joined together. Should I knit one half with one dye lot and the other half with the other dye lot? Or should I mix them? Or is the best solution to return half and look for the same dye lot?
08-13-2010, 10:52 PM
This is really an iffy subject, sometimes the variation is completely unnoticeable, other times you can spot it a mile away (I notice the mile away effect with Lily Sugar n Cream a lot) so a big part of it, you have to make a judgment yourself as to whether they are close enough in good lighting.
If you feel they are close enough, what I would do personally is alternate dye lots every 2 rows, you can keep the working yarns running along the edges so you don't have to keep cutting and have a zillion ends to weave in. This actually is often recommended to prevent pooling, which can often occur with multicolors, so you're killing two birds with one stone that way.
08-14-2010, 12:18 PM
Thank you for your reply. The skeins from the two lots look similar enough to me. However, I read that sometimes the difference doesn't show until you wash and dry it. I'm afraid to finish the project, and then be disappointed after washing it.
Is there a video demonstration on how to knit alternating between two skeins? I can't picture how it would be done.
08-15-2010, 09:17 AM
I found one on YouTube, Amy might cover it in her Fair Isle video also, but I wasn't able to get the sound working for some reason (I'm sure it's me.)
Maybe do a practice swatch using this technique to carry the yarn and launder it? I always try to view things like this in good sunlight outside too, I figure if you can't make things out in the Florida sun, you won't see them in an indoor environment.