The last time I talked about socks, I had started on a pretty leaf lace pattern from Hiya Hiya called Peach Leaf Lace Socks. The addictive nature of a KAL (where you have to keep knitting so you can get the next clue when you’re done) means I was fairly quick about finishing them.
Only… you know how that niggling, annoying voice of doom that sometimes crops up at the back of your mind? The one you tell to “Shush! because it will be all right in the end!?” That one?
It’s all my fault. This yarn has been in my stash for a while, and I got it at a time when I wasn’t that fussed over dye lots. They are the same colour, but different dye lots. I knew they were slightly different when I started knitting, but I didn’t realise they would come out THIS different. Pout.
I figured I’d just knit them anyway, and maybe they wouldn’t be SO bad when I’d finished? Perhaps over time with lots of washings, the colour will even up? Someone suggested I could overdye them, but I am very fond of the pretty pink, especially the delicate pink one on the left. Plus I would probably make an awful mess of the dyeing in any event and be left with a horrible colour!
There’s also the matter of a minor error in a repeat on the first sock (this lace took a little bit of ‘getting’) but because I was already stressing about the colour, I figured it wouldn’t matter in the end, and really it doesn’t. The socks are the same size, despite the extra repeat. I think you can see that my gauge in both socks is a little different – obviously my getting used to the lace pattern caused my tension to be a bit tighter than I usually am.
Will I rip it all out? Absolutely not! If the colour was the same, I would definitely have considered a reknit of one of the socks, but as it is, it doesn’t matter. No one is going to see them anyway. 🙂
I kind of feel bad that I didn’t do justice to this lovely pattern, so a re-match has been planned when I’ve got through some of the other patterns I want to knit. And this time, I’ll use a yarn that comes in a 100g hank so there is no chance of me getting different colours!!
Now I can’t give these away either, and they will have to be mine.
Oh well, you win some and you lose some, and the best way to deal with it is just go with the flow! After all, I have learned a number of valuable lessons:
- If the dye lot is different, DO NOT tempt fate.
- If you make a mistake and you know it, do not say “it will be fine”. Especially if it involves a lace repeat.
After all, we’re only human. 🙂