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ltotheb
09-25-2007, 07:48 AM
so, I was knitting a scarf with grey Caron Simply Soft, and then all of a sudden I come upon this knot in the skein. So I untangled the knot and realized, THIS IS TWO STRANDS OF YARN TIED TOGETHER, right in the middle of my skein of yarn! :?? I just continued knitting with it, just thinking it was extremely weird.. :oops: then as I was working with it more, I realized that this section of yarn felt different than the first (kind of rougher and chunky), but I was almost done by that point, so I just kept going. Then when I was finished and looked at the scarf, you can see a color change and sort of texture change for the last quarter of the scarf!! :wall:

Has this ever happened to any one else? I'm not really upset about the color change, I just think it's really weird that they would sell a skein of yarn that had two different dye lots tied together in it... :doh:

mrslevite
09-25-2007, 07:57 AM
That happened to me the other day with Paton SWS yarn. I was not only surprised, but disappointed that they would do that. If it had been something I bought on the $ rack, it wouldn't have bothered me as much, but I paid full price for this yarn.

feministmama
09-25-2007, 08:36 AM
I've had this with Caron simply soft too just the other day. Guess its the nature of the beast :shrug:

ltotheb
09-25-2007, 09:44 AM
If it had been something I bought on the $ rack, it wouldn't have bothered me as much, but I paid full price for this yarn. Exactly! :yay: It's not a lot of money compared to the *real* nice yarn, but that doesn't mean we should have to pay in another way through our projects!

Kaydee
09-25-2007, 10:01 AM
This happened to my with some Lion's Brand Jiffy I was recently using to make a sweater for my niece. There were 4, yes 4 places where it was knotted only to find out that the strands were tied together! I guess not a big deal because it wasn't expensive yarn but now there are all these knots on the inside of the sweater and it looks bad (oh well at least it doesn't show).

Lisa R.
09-25-2007, 10:05 AM
I've been told, and have read that yarn manufacturers are "allowed" (??) to knot yarn together in a skein. I was taught to just untie (or clip) the knot and join just as if you were joining a new skein.

However, I would be extremely irritated to find another dye lot in the middle of a skein! I would think that is surely unacceptable, even in cheaper yarns!

I'd consider writing to the company to see if it's a standard practice, just so you'll know whether to buy their product again.

threesmom
09-25-2007, 10:33 AM
I've had this happen a few times, and once with a yarn I thought was a nice one - don't ask me what it was though, cause I blocked it out. The worst was a skein of SWS - it had like 4 or 5 knots, and pretty staggering color changes at some points. So frustrating! Especially when you add that you have to then weave in all those ends!!:hair:

PurlyGyrl
09-25-2007, 10:40 AM
Yep. I've had the same thing happen with SS. Knotted in the middle of the skein and then the yarn seemed to be a different texture--kind of all fuzzed up and MUCH thicker. Reminded me of a mill end. I had to cull about 10 yards of yarn before I could use the rest of the skein. Luckily I had purchased an extra skein so I had enough yarn to finish my project. But it make me :!!!:

misha rf
09-25-2007, 10:41 AM
I haven't had that happen with the Simply Soft--yet. But I have had it occur with the Lion Brand Thick & Quick. And with *several* $8.50/50g balls of Debbie Bliss yarns. I was far, far more irritated with the expensive knots. :gah::!!!:

Arielluria
09-25-2007, 10:57 AM
I've used Caron a few times, never had this problem. Used it for the scarf on my avatar ;)

ltotheb
09-25-2007, 11:02 AM
I would be so mad if I paid a lot for yarn and ended up with this! I'm so glad I posted this to see that other people have had problems with this type of thing. It reallys irks me!

PCwombat
09-25-2007, 11:05 AM
From what I've read on here, knots happen in skeins of all price ranges, cheap and expensive. So, it's annoying, but it may happen.

suzeeq
09-25-2007, 11:20 AM
I haven't had it happen with SS either, or Lion Jiffy, but I've heard of it with more expensive yarn as well. It doesn't matter how much the yarn costs, sometimes you just get knotted yarn.

Abbily
09-25-2007, 11:23 AM
I just ran across this same problem in my SWTC Karaoke. Which is 50% WOOL, so I don't quite understand why they don't just felt the ends together, which is what I do when I untie the knots...

ekgheiy
09-25-2007, 11:39 AM
Whoa, that's gotta suck. I've never had the color swap happen, but I've had ties in my yarn. They never bothered me though because the ties were very tight, so the ties never got in the way. They blended in the work just as if I changed yarns.

simplethings
09-25-2007, 01:47 PM
I run into knots once in a while and I use a fairly wide price range of yarns. I just cut out the knot and treat it like I'm joining another skein. Luckily, though, the yarn knotted on is pretty much the same as the old stuff.
I think more than one knot in a skein or more than one dye lot is unacceptable. You should totally write to Caron and let them know what happened.

ltotheb
09-25-2007, 03:02 PM
Thanks so much for everybody's feedback on this. I was just a little disappointed that I had two colors, the knot didn't really bother me. Anyway, I did as some of you suggested and wrote to Caron. I'll update if I hear anything back!

aprilbetty
09-25-2007, 03:40 PM
I had a knot in Lion Microspun, e-mailed them, and promptly received a new ball of yarn in the mail.

newbieknit
09-25-2007, 04:03 PM
I would definitely contact the company you purchased the yarn from. It doesn't cost you anything to send them an email, and you may be surprised by what you get in return. I often contact companies when I am not 100% satisfied with a product I have purchased. I nearly always receive some sort of compensation, coupons, a replacement item, a refund check, you just never know. Even if they just tell you that you have to deal with those issues from their yarn, at least then you'll know if you want to continue purchasing the yarn in question.

Kats

Lighting57
09-25-2007, 09:08 PM
I've used Caron a few times, never had this problem. Used it for the scarf on my avatar ;)


Your doggy is so cute in that picture and with the scraf wrapped around her/his head it makes me think of a little ole lady for some reason.:teehee:

PugMom
09-26-2007, 12:50 PM
I've had this happen with Caron SS also (as well as with other yarns). What I didn't get was that SS is stated as being no dye lot, but I can see a distinct difference. I thought no dye lot meant that all skeins would be identical?

willowangel
09-26-2007, 03:49 PM
I've had knots in things, but never a colour change :-( That sucks.

Arielluria
09-26-2007, 05:33 PM
Your doggy is so cute in that picture and with the scraf wrapped around her/his head it makes me think of a little ole lady for some reason.:teehee:Thanks, she had surgery on top of her head and it was totally shaved, so I used the scarf to cover it up and it turned out great. Here's another. Such a ham! Her name is Cricket. Her biggest fear (aside from thunder) is the whistling X-Files tune (at beginning of every show) she JUMPS into my arms until it goes away!;)
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1296/860800633_9449e64042.jpg

#2 is modelled by Peanut. I love the sheen of Caron:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1124/1443878567_0d09768388.jpg

dud9083
09-28-2012, 06:20 PM
New to the world of knitting, and started my second scarf, when I saw a knot binding two pieces together in the middle of the skein. I kept knitting, but it is extremely noticeable. Bad part, is this scarf was going to be a Christmas gift for a dear friend, but I'll just start a new one for her. It was Lion Brand yarn, and I wrote the company to inform them of my disappointment. I also informed them that I was extremely hesitant to purchase any of their product for future use. It just surprised me to find something like this in a higher priced product.

suzeeq
09-28-2012, 06:25 PM
Hi. You'll find many yarns, even ones more expensive than Lion - the yarns you find in a real yarn store - will have knots in them. Up to three in a skein is 'an industry standard' they say. The less expensive acrylics sometimes don't have any. So it just depends. The knots happen when the yarn on the big spools break as they're being wound into skeins. I pull on the knot and if it gives a little I'll cut it out and reknot it because I know mine won't come undone. Most people do just cut them out and join the way they normally do at the end of a skein.

salmonmac
09-28-2012, 06:29 PM
It's not that unusual although always unhappy to come upon a knot in a skein of yarn. And sometimes there's more than one! Even though it's a scarf, you can cut the knot out of the working yarn and join the new end as if you were joining a new ball of yarn. There are videos for various methods on the Free Videos tab at the top of the page under Tips. Sometimes you can do this in the middle of the row and sometimes it's better to back the join off to the beginning of a new row and then weave the ends into the edge.

MomoKnits
09-29-2012, 01:23 AM
Haven't had this happen too many times, but it's never been an issue for me personally.

Simply Soft is on sale at Michaels for 2.50 a skein instead of like 4.50. I had to stop myself from buying a bunch, especially considering just this morning I went through my yarn collection and came up with so much stuff I need to use up!

linknit41
10-05-2012, 07:17 PM
so, I was knitting a scarf with grey Caron Simply Soft, and then all of a sudden I come upon this knot in the skein. So I untangled the knot and realized, THIS IS TWO STRANDS OF YARN TIED TOGETHER, right in the middle of my skein of yarn! :?? I just continued knitting with it, just thinking it was extremely weird.. :oops: then as I was working with it more, I realized that this section of yarn felt different than the first (kind of rougher and chunky), but I was almost done by that point, so I just kept going. Then when I was finished and looked at the scarf, you can see a color change and sort of texture change for the last quarter of the scarf!! :wall:

Has this ever happened to any one else? I'm not really upset about the color change, I just think it's really weird that they would sell a skein of yarn that had two different dye lots tied together in it... :doh:

I have found knots in this yarn a couple of times, but not a change in texture. I just untied it and treated it as starting a new ball of yarn. Is kind of annoying, tho. Linknit41

ABC's Mom
10-06-2012, 07:09 AM
I have some older Caron simply soft yarn that I liked for a scarf and hat. However when I bought some newer skeins the yarn was not nearly as soft as the first ones I bought. Wonder if they changed manufacturers?
I have not had any change texture in the middle of a skein, though they do seem to have more knots in them than other brands I've work with.