Stormy Cardigan


If only I could read into the foreshadowing in my cardigan's name.  Stormy indeed is how I felt about this project running out of yarn.  Can you see the dye lot change?  Oh yes, I can.  Honestly I'm trying not to let it bother me, but it does bother me a bit.  But not enough to rip out the entire sweater.

I will occasionally check Ravelry to see if anyone has a lone skein in my dye lot....maybe.  I could also rip out the sleeves and stripe in a contrasting color to ease in the odd dye lot skein, but I think the yoke is the main detail and a striped sleeve would make the garment 'busy'.

Part of me is embracing the imperfect, may I say design element that was forced upon this perfectionist!



The sweater pattern was fun to knit and of course you know I love Quince and Co yarns.  Running out of yarn could be from various reasons:

1.  I didn't get gauge (who does gauge???)  (however the sweater fits so I think I was awfully close)
2. the yarn company wasn't entirely accurate in yardage (doubt that)
3. the yarn estimated by the designer wasn't accurate (I suspect)


There is a reason that knitters buy that extra skein for just in case.  

I'm pleased that the sweater fits great and I'm excited to put it into timeout, then pull it out in the fall to wear.  Once the emotions simmer down, I'll be sure of knowing what I want to do.


sleeves of a different dye lot

Comments

  1. It's lovely sweater, but I can imagine the color change is bothering you (I'm a perfectionist myself). I don't think it's visible for others when you're wearing it though. And that yoke is beautiful!

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  2. The sweater fits beautifully and as usual your excellent workmanship shows in the details like the button band and the stitch pattern. I can understand how you feel about the color shading visible in the sleeves. Give it some time and by late summer you will have a solution. I have been trying hard to let go of my own perfectionism. It is a process.

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  3. Because the sleeves match, it does look like a design element. The sweater looks lovely and I say fit is more important than a slight variation in color which may even out with repeated washing.

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  4. Your sweater fits beautifully and what fine yoke detail, very elegant. I hope you feel better about it later as you've put so much into it. Cathy x

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  5. The yoke is stunning Karen I am sure that is what eyes will be focused on not the colour in the sleeves. Its fits you perfectly.

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  6. It is a lovely sweater and it fits so well, but I think the dye lot differences would also bother me. Your approach to put it away until the fall and pull it out to see how you feel seems like a good one, along with possible solutions in case it still bothers you. I love the yoke and hem detail!

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  7. What a beautiful sweater. The yoke and hem are just so gorgeous. The dye lot difference would bother me as well (are we all perfectionists?????), but I will say I don't notice it in the pictures of the sweater on you...I only really noticed it in the last picture when the sweater is laid out.

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  8. I think it looks lovely! I understand your dismay with the different dye lots, as I am a perfectionist as well. But I also think that it is barely noticeable - and that's to another knitter. I'm guessing most people wouldn't even pay that much attention.

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  9. Oh boy... I had that issue recently as well, my take was to blend in the dye lots, but the sweater has definite stripes.

    What about 3/4 sleeves? (as I weigh in with my opinion...) However, I do think the detail work at the yoke are divine. And, the dye lot differences really are only visible in bright light - so maybe a "night-time" sweater? :)

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  10. The sweater looks fantastic on you but I can see how the sleeves might bother you. I feel like it needs a single row of contrasting color to separate the 2 grays and to make them look more intentional.

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  11. I had to look hard to find the colour change. What dye lot are you needing - you never know it could be on the shelves here in NZ. Happy to look for you.

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  12. At first, I couldn't tell but then I saw the ends of your sleeves which in truth I think look fine since it looks to me like an ombre effect. But if it really bugs you, I say an option is to frog that new dye section and rip back some of your original dye lot and stripe them together til you just have to use the new lot.

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  13. I really love the detail around the yoke, Karen. Yes, I can see the dye lot change but it definitely is subtle. I understand how you feel, though, because it would irk me as well. I would end up just challenging myself to accept the imperfection also!

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  14. It's lovely, and you look sooo cute! Embrace it. I had to really look for the color
    change and would not have noticed until it was pointed out. You Go Girl!!

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  15. Your sweater is beautiful, but I can definitely understand your emotions. I had that happen with an afghan, but I decided not to let it bother me. That is different from a sweater though. I hope you can resolve you emotions by the fall and either embrace the imperfection on an otherwise gorgeous sweater.

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  16. The sweater is really nice, but I can see what you mean about the color change :-/. Hopefully another skein will show up somewhere. Still very pretty!

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  17. I can only see the color change when the sweater is laying flat. When it's on your body, the different angles hide it.
    Any sweater that fits is a winner.

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