Month: February 2013

Yarning About Dye Lots

You might think purchasing yarn a simple matter.  I’ve had questions and heard comments from non-knitters that remind me that purchasing yarn is anything BUT simple.  Such questions as “So, what’s the difference between “craft” yarn versus yarn purchased at a yarn store or specialty shop?” or “Why do you order online?  Can’t you find yarn, locally?” There are such a variety of answers I don’t even know where to begin.  One might answer with the price per ball/skein or the quality of the fibers or the specific yarn needed for the proper drape of the project being created.  And then the discussion would move to the weight of the yarn as all knitters know that the weight of the yarn gives the number of stitches per inch, or the gauge, which lends to the ultimate fit and feel of the garment.  But this post is not about any of that. Rather the recent debacle I had regarding the dye lot of a recent purchase.  It is amazing how the same color of yarn with …