Dyelot Woes

I recently made a pair of socks for myself using what looked like a full skein of Madeline Tosh Sock yarn in the Copper Penny colorway that I bought about a year ago. After I finished the first sock, I was pretty sure I didn’t have enough to complete the mate so I ordered another skein. Look at the difference in dyelot! I don’t mind mis-matched socks, but the difference in dyelots  was sure to look like a glaring mistake. So, I started the second sock with the new, darker dyelot, then changed back to the original when I thought I had enough to finish the sock. The color change shouldn’t show when I’m wearing long pants.
For those of you interested in the pattern, a very similar pair will be in the July 2011 issue of Sockupied, available from Interweave Press.

4 thoughts on “Dyelot Woes”

  1. I’ve had to do the same thing, except my color change was on the foot and toe cause I thought no one would see it.
    I like your color choice, “copper penny”. Even the name sounds good. And the pattern is great. Looking forward to seeing it.

  2. Wow, that’s a BIG difference. I guess that’s the point of having a dyelot, but that’s such a huge variation that it makes me wonder how anyone could order that yarn from looking at a photo online. I love madelinetosh, but I’ll have to remember to always buy extra if the dyelots vary as much as this!

  3. I was at a workshop given by the owner of madelinetosh, and she said that she only runs dyelots of two skeins at a time. So if you are making a big project, make sure you alternate skeins with this yarn, otherwise you may end up with a surprise.

  4. I was using a white yarn to make a sampler crochet afghan for my parents. I didn’t pay attention to dye lot and due to the large amount of yarn I needed I didn’t buy it all at once. I ended up with bright white, yellow white, and cream colored squares. Luckily, I was able to stitch them together so it looked intentional. I ALWAYS check my dye lots now.

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