How important is daylight…?

Behind the scenes, I have been working steadily on my World Cup Hoodie. I haven’t been updating you on it, because “Yay! I did another 3 inches of stockinette stitch!” is not good blog fodder. But that’s how, quietly and unsuruptitiously, I have outlasted the US team and made it all the way down to the ribbing on the body of the sweater. At least… I had made it that far. Before today.

Can you see it? The problem? The issue? The GLARING HORRIBLE THING? You probably can’t see it in a low-quality picture on the internet, but if you see my sweater in person, you will notice. About a third from the right side of the picture, the yarn color changes drastically. When I last changed to a new ball of yarn, four inches ago, the color changed to a fundamentally different forest green, darker and bluer. I’m sorry for all the italics, but this is mondo upsetting.

It’s easy to understand how this happened. When I bought this yarn, I didn’t know about dyelots, or that it was a thing you should pay attention to. Or if I did, I figured that a mass-produced acrylic yarn would not have an issue with dyelots, being distracted by how cheaply I was getting the yarn. I knit this sweater mostly in a basement and in a flourescently-lit store. But today I was knitting in the sunlight, and I noticed halfway through a row a clear and obvious line of distinction.

When I get home I will have a moment of truth, when I go through the rest of the balls of yarn for this project. In an ideal scenario, the remaining 3 balls of yarn are all in the same dyelot as the first, and I can use the offending odd ball for ribbing 0nly. In this world, all I will have lost is four inches of knitting and the pigment in a few hairs. However, if any of the remaining balls of yarn are in this darker dyelot, I am at least two different kinds of screwed. I will be left with a choice:

1) Throw the whole thing into the fire and watch it melt down into a slag-heap of petroleum byproduct, or

2) Finish it, and never wear it outside in the sunlight.

2 thoughts on “How important is daylight…?

  1. I vote for finishing the sweater in whatever way seems to work best with the yarn left. It will look lovely.
    Personlly, when I choose to leave in a mistake, I try to let it go by celebrating in the whole concept of imperfection. Imperfection is something that ties humans together, makes us more lovable, and in certain ways is beautiful in itself.


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