I love Jackson's recycled cotton sweater. Love, love, love it. It's been fun and easy to knit and I love the color and how it's looking so far. Except for this:
Can you see the color line where I switched skeins near the bottom? I can (click on the photos to enlarge and maybe you'll see it then...am I crazy?).
I didn't see this shocking color contrast before because I was never looking at this thing while knitting it. Why would I? It's only stockinette, this is conversation knitting. But I looked down last night to admire my work and - to my horror - I discovered this color differentiation line. Almost imperceptible, really, but it may as well be neon pink to my eyes.
I ran upstairs to grab the skein labels to make triple sure that I bought the same dye lots and...I DID. So why do I have this much color variation? And more importantly, should I rip back and attempt with one of the other two skeins that I have? I'm going to need three out of the four skeins I have for this project so I could take my chances on this being the bad one. But then again, maybe the first one was the bad one and then I'm just screwed. Or maybe they're all different, despite being from the same lot...
What do you think, Knitters? I'm postponing continuing on this until I hear from you...please comment below!
(The measuring tape is pictured because I thought I was having gauge issues that I was going to complain about too. But...I'M NOT. I'm getting 5 stitches per inch and 13.5 inches across under the arms and the pattern calls for 4.5 stitches per inch and 14 inches across. Since I wanted this to be slightly smaller than the smallest size in the pattern, it looks like I'm on track! For once. Don't worry, I won't let this go to my head. And clearly, I'm already paying for it with dye lot issues...)
In other, more exciting news, the sweater is pictured on my floor because I love my floor now. My non- sticky- apple- juice- and- milk- spotted floor. I am under no delusion that it will remain stick-free, but I am enjoying it now. We scrubbed the house from top to (almost) bottom on Saturday (didn't get to the basement, the basement always suffers, doesn't it?) and it's so nice to go to sleep in a clean house in the spring time with the windows open. We even pulled the fridge out...when does *that* happen?!
Like I said, it won't last, so if you want to come over for coffee, better make it this week!