So, I want to knit the Roundabout Leaf Tank from Knitting Nature. But the Berroco Denim Silk Yarn which the pattern calls for is discontinued. So, after much searching of Yarn Dex, I decided that Berroco Bonsai would probably give me a similar fabric, and I thought the "bamboo" effect would look nice with the whole leaf idea.
However, Yarn Market would only let me select 8 balls in any colorway, and according to the number of balls of Denim Silk called for in the pattern I calculated I'd need 10 balls of Bonsai to get the same yardage. So Yarn Market gives you the option to either ship the 8 balls now and send 2 more in a different dye lot later, or hold the order until 10 balls are availible in the same dye lot. I selected the wait option---but...
It's been almost a month and my order still hasn't shipped. And I'm getting a little antsy because I'm really itching to get started on that top so I can wear it once the weather is nice.
So I'm wondering--how big of a deal is it going to be to get yarn in non matching dye lots? I've only done this once before, which was on the first thing I knit which was a scarf, and I thought I could get away from one skein but it wasn't enough and they didn't have the same dye lot when I went back (you all know the story). Anyrate, that yarn was a pinky/orange handpaint, and the first skein I bought looked a lot pinker and the second a lot oranger, and, long story short, I ripped back about 10 inches and alternated the skeins to make the transition less abrubt, but I wasn't really satisfied with this result, because I got a little selvedge along the part where I was alternating the skeins which looked different than the rest of the scarf, and the transiation, while better than if I just switched balls, was still pretty visible.
For those of you wondering how the heck my sad scarf story is relevent to the construction of a tank top, the Roundabout Leaf Tankis knit in a spiral about 8 inches wide and joined to itself as you work by picking up stitches along the edge, and I'm worried that that little selvedge made by alternating skeins would interfere with that.
But now, that I've been waiting almost a month, I'm thinking, maybe Yarn Market just never stocks 10 balls of Bonsai in the same dye lot? And I'm starting to wonder if when knitting with a yarn like Bonsai, which is semi solid, the difference in dye lot might not be that noticable? Or maybe if I alternated skeins in the middle of the top I could somehow hide that funky selvedge picking up the stitches?
Any thoughts? Also, is it just me or shouldn't Yarn Market have sent me a message by now giving me the option to change my mind about the dye lots or cancel my order or something? I mean, come on, it's been almost a month now.