Hi y’all! :waving:
Whilst on a week’s wilderness vacation (last week)…I knit up an Irish Hiking Scarf using 2 skeins of Malabrigo yarn, color “Simply Taupe”. Wonderful to handle and knit! Just divine!
The first skein gave me 31" in length…the total length for both skeins, 60".
However, [B]dumb me [/B]…even though the two skeins had the same “lot number”…and they[B] LOOKED[/B] identical…in the hanks as well as in the wound-up centerpull “cakes”…they [B]WERE NOT[/B] the same by a long shot!
After I tied on the 2nd skein and had knit two repeats…I could SEE the difference! BIG DIFFERENCE! The first skein was more muted creams, beiges, tans, and taupes. The second skein had brighter creams and taupier taupes. The scarf was going to look like hideous! Like two separate halves!
So, I frogged back to the “50 yard line” …and disconnected skein #2.
From there, I rolled up the 31" scarf…used it as a skein #1 (didn’t yank it all out and re-wind into a separate ball: pulled out 2 or 3 rows at a time as needed)…and re-knit the entire scarf using SKEIN #1 for rows 1,2,5,6 and SKEIN #2 (the brighter skein) for rows 3,4,7,8.
I tied in the skeins between the 3rd and 4th stitch so that the edge of the scarf would not look wonky.
Anyhoo, whereas the first 31" scarf was done in one day…the re-knit scarf (60") took the better part of 3 days!
Switching skeins every two rows just takes extra time.
I had heard that “kettle dyed” yarns should be knit by alternating two skeins every few rows…but it just didn’t dawn on me in time. The two skeins LOOKED identical.
Well, here is the scarf! Done! I will wash it later this week using UNICORN Fiber Wash, specially created for laundering natural fibers. My yarn was “baptized in dust” numerous times as high gusts of wind blew one skein or the other onto the ground! :pout: