I'm making Aidez with Cascade Eco Wool, just to be completely original. These are monster skeins--250 grams and 487 yards. My ball winder shuddered in fear at just the thought of balling those puppies up. I had two skeins in my stash that I bought last year before the price of wool increased. Most people on Ravelry were able to finish their sweaters with just two skeins, so I started the sweater with confidence that I would be fine.
I scoured Ravelry for people making the same size (44") with the same needle size (9), and it looks like most people still used just two skeins. But I decided to add an extra inch to the body length, and I started to get nervous. The first skein got me through the back and the left front, except the last two inches. So I started looking around for a third skein.
This must be the smallest dye lot in the history of yarn. I could only find one person on Rav with the same dye lot, and hers wasn't for sale. I did find the same shade, although different dye lot, at a local-ish yarn store, and I figured that was as close as I was going to get. The new skein is very, very close to my old skeins. But what's the old saying? Close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes? (Wow, what a lovely saying.)
I swatched the two together, and the difference is detectable. How detectable to people other than me, I don't know. I don't think it's so bad where I alternated every two rows. Can you see a difference?
|The stripes are more visible on the bottom of the swatch, where I alternated every 8 rows.|
|Alternating every two rows.|
- Knit one sleeve from the remaining skein, then knit the second sleeve from the new skein.
- Knit both sleeves from the new skein.
- Knit both cuffs from the new skein and the sleeves from the old skein, hoping the old skein holds out for both sleeves.
- Knit both sleeves with both skeins, alternating every two rows.
- Knit both sleeves from old skein, and switch to new skein when I run out.
|From a distance, it's not too bad. (Hello, poor, sad, neglected Granny Stripe in the corner!)|
In these circumstances, what would you do?