Hand-dyed yarns are beautiful. I love the subtle variations in the solids, the way it creates depth in the garment you're knitting. I like hand-dyed yarns so much I find regular yarns a bit boring (though tweeds are rather nice).
But these yarns also require a bit more thought when knitting. Those variations can really show at the point at which you change skeins--even when they look identical wound up.
I know this. I know the rules: alternate skeins. Or if you want to take a chance alternate skeins near the end of a ball--for 30 rows or so to ease the transition.
Did I do that with Ahni?
I'm going to blame my cold and that I was at Xander's soccer tournament and the pretty colour and pattern and anything else that doesn't make me not remember that you need to alternate (because I've done this with my Vino coat and a few others; none of which I've documented here because of the **shame**).
And, of course, that one ball that's a tad lighter than the others...it's the front.
Right at the chest line. Nice.
It's blocking right now (on top of the back--I like to block the pieces this way to ensure they're the same size). When it dries, I'll rip back to a few inches below the underarm and alternate skeins. It's probably a few hours work, but it's the right thing to do.
Hopefully this time I'll learn my lesson.
At least I have this pretty sleeve to keep me happy (and yes, I alternated near the end of the skein).
This is a much more accurate photo of the colour. Another thing about hand-dyed yarns--they're tricky to photograph.