Remember the knitting project I told you about?
I knitted away happily following the pattern which I had adapted slightly.. The back first then fronts and sleeves. Dipping into the separate balls of yarn which came within the same batch lot of dye lot number in one large bag. And as you knitter’s and those who crochet know, along with those of us who decorate and choose our wall paper, we need to ensure the dye-lot numbers are the same, or shading can take place. And my choice of Pink glitter wool was all the same batch number it was in the same bag..
Most rainy afternoons as the light began to fail I would knit happily away long into the evenings, often by lamp light each stitch lovingly placed from one needle to the next.
Everything progressing nicely along. All the panels knitted, I then start the rib to sew it all in place to the front panels.. I join the shoulders and knitted the collar edging and that was sewn in place around the neck.. And I think nearly there now, nearly finished as I put it down for the evening.
The next morning the Sunlight is bright so I and sit near the patio door as I happily threaded my yarn in the needle to sew up the side panels.. I thought I would admire my handy work as I laid it over my knee..
It was then my stomach plunged .. No way… as I looked at my masterpiece. One panel on the front had changed shade at yoke level.. I dove into my knitting bag pulling out the remaining yarn and pulling out to the paper sleeves which the yarn have been encased in.. Yes each number matched.. Yet all the remaining yarn was a darker shade.. Then I remembered I had changed my yarn ball as it had run out at that point. So it appears the yarn was not bagged correctly in a batch, that is the only conclusion as the back and front panels up to that point had been lighter.
But it’s no use pointing blame. A solution had to be found.. I didn’t have enough yarn left to redo both fronts, So how to make it match?..
Well there was only one thing I could think of; I would have to unpick the collar edging and the front panel rib of the side that was the same colour and unpick the rows back until it measured the same as the other side front where the shading had occurred and re-join the yarn there so both yolks matched in shade from the same point.
So below is the result.. You can see the shade change at the yoke.. And why did my knitting remind me of life lessons..
Well sometimes we work away not really taking notice of things until they go wrong.. And it’s no good us jumping up in arms shouting and apportioning blame. What’s done is done..
We have to find solutions to problems and work our way through them.. And yes sometimes it may seem like we are working backwards as we undo what work has already been done. But sometimes it’s necessary in order to find balance..
If we want things to be right sometimes we have to learn from our mistakes and without our mistakes we would never learn.
Wishing you all a beautiful weekend