When I was a kid, our LYS used to tuck a couple of extra balls of yarn in a pigeonhole behind the till, just in case the pattern my mum was buying yarn for needed a bit more than the suggested amount. So I learned very early on that shades vary between dye lots and have never bought yarn without ensuring I have enough of the same dye lot to complete a project.
A while back, I decided to crochet Emma Bunny from Edward’s Menagerie. I found a ball of pink yarn in my stash and began.
At the time I knew there wasn’t enough for a whole Emma, but I knew my LYS carried some of that shade in stock and, these days, with computer mixing, differences between dye lots are imperceptible. And so what if the new ball wasn’t quite exact? I could use that for the legs as a slight difference between legs and head/body wouldn’t really show or matter.
The yarn was out of stock when I went to buy some, so I had to wait a while.
I crochet on – even making one leg, as I would so sure the colour wouldn’t be that different. But when I purchased and started crocheting with my new (according to the ball band, same shade – different dye lot) yarn, the difference was not insignificant!
Yes, yes, I know it’s all my own fault and, since I’m not a seasoned crocheter it was good practice for my tension, which, as you see from the pics leaves something to be desired. I presume the manufacture decided to change the shade slightly, rather than the computer mixing being so different. But still, I’ve re-learnt the lesson I learned all those years ago – always start your project with sufficient yarn to finish it.
Anyone else prepared to fess up to any rookie errors they’ve committed when they should have know better?