Interviewed, 2013

I couldn’t quite wait until June!  In honor of the one year birth of this blog, please enjoy:

  1.  New WordPress format that is clean looking with lots of white space to highlight the knitting!
  2.  New header photo for a change in appearance.
  3.  A second page entitled Collection to share and give credence to a knitter’s past.
  4.  A change to the name of the blog, HOLLY KNITS.  Simple, identifiable, me!

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Loopy Hoodie!

I love texture.  I love dolman sleeves.  I love oversized tops and I love hoods.   What can I say?  I love this project!  However, I wasn’t thrilled when Vogue Knitting, 360 suggested muppet-like.  (Keep in mind, it was knitted in purple.)  No, I do not want to look like a muppet nor did I “see” muppet when I fell in love with it.

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Color 25, Lot 661488 SOLD!

The saga of the dye lot has finally come to a close but not without a continuing story of twists and turns, hope and disappointment, and finally success!

After returning the mix and match dye lot of Zitron Savanna and being charged a re-stocking fee, I was left with the love of a Tom Scott design and no yarn.  So, of course, I returned to a world-wide search of this yarn and came across a delightful online store I was later to find out represented a yarn shop located in The Netherlands.  This online shop indicated it carried this yarn.  I immediately regained my enthusiasm and explained the dye lot issue to the proprietor, Astrid.  As she double-checked her stock to my insistence, she indeed discovered that her yarn was NOT of the same dye lot but she assured me she would call the company which is located in Germany to get what I wanted.  In the meantime, she kindly recommended a  replacement yarn in case she did not meet with success.  Through a long host of emails, miscommunication, confusion, and my relentless desire to get specifically what I wanted, we realized she would not be able to help me.

Next effort was Ravelry where yarn for projects is posted complete with suggestions on where to purchase specific yarn.  The only posting was a store in Germany with the on-line order form in German. I thought, let’s give it a try.  I was actually able to fill out about 90% of it not speaking a word of the language but when a pop-up window appeared asking me a question, it became a dead end.   In the meantime, I was finding out that a new friend on Ravelry, Rita, was wanting to make the same project, so she became a resource for me.  (Thank you, Rita!)  She referred me to a store in Germany (ha, I wondered if it was the same one) where she said a woman spoke English and likely could help me.  The woman was indeed very friendly but when I placed the order with her and found out the shipping costs for overseas were near the price of the yarn, I thought, no way.

Being relentless, I kept looking not believing this yarn could be so difficult to find. I, then came across the next online shop entitled Elizabeth’s Fiber and Yarn.  Unlike other websites, I couldn’t quite figure out if this yarn could be ordered by a private costumer or wholesale only.  It was explained to me that I could special order it, it would indeed be of the same dye lot, but under no circumstances were “special orders” returnable.  Well, I went for it and sitting right before me are ten lovely balls of Zitron Savanna with the same dye lot, clearly in new packaging, in a beautiful color called Cornflower.

Before, I finish telling this story, I want to respond to Margaret who commented on Part I of this saga and say that indeed to alter balls of dye lot is a clever way to deal with a slight mismatch of color.  Quite frankly, I had never heard of that but could imagine it working.   A technique I have used is to strategically knit with the opposing dye lots the sleeves or the collar or trim.  Recently, I had to do that on another project.  These are all great techniques, but when purchasing brand new yarn for the start of a new project, paying full price and thinking I am getting new merchandise (in this case, yarn) from the same lot,  I expect to get what I want.

The picture below is of my beautiful new yarn with the pattern from Vogue Knitting, Spring 2013.  And, if you are thinking, Hey!  That is a different color than the original purchase, you would be right!  Just call it artist’s allegiance or not wanting to be reminded of the difficulty of this purchase!


Yarning About Dye Lots Part 2

It appears the package of mismatched dye lots must have been received by the scandalous company as I now see a refund on my account.  Of course, there is this thing called a re-stocking fee, shipping, and who-knows-what-else so I see I have been docked $22.25.  I suppose I will take it.

In the meantime, after searching far and wide (and I do wonder why a current pattern uses yarn that is mostly no longer available in the United States), I have found this Zitron “Savanna”, elsewhere.  THIS time I attached a note requesting the same dye lot.  Immediately, the proprietor of this shop wrote back and said “Yes Holly, of course I will never send a not-matching dye lot without asking the customer first.”  And, of course, I felt like I was insulting her and figured she was probably confused why I specified that.

So, as it currently stands, I am out about 22 dollars, currently have no package, and worse yet a confession of a broken resolution as I had promised myself that I would not purchase any new yarn for at least one year.  Maybe, only a knitter might understand that but I am feeling like I am being punished for breaking my own rule.  Of course, we could always blame Tom Scott for designing this amazingly cool ‘Drapy Drama‘ seen in the latest Spring/Summer Vogue Knitting that I just have to have.

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 different dye lots will appear the same shade when bundled but will, in fact, be very different once the fabric is worked up.  Amazingly, you can literally see a line where you moved from one dye lot to another when knitting with mismatched dye lots.  For those of you who do not know about this, look below.  You will see on both balls of yarn, the shade color 29.  You are thinking, perfect!  However, upon further looking, the set of numbers following are different.  That is the dye lot number and must be the same when working up a project especially if that project is a solid color.  Of course, multi-colored projects easily hide dye lot mismatches.


Now, today I will take the blame for the unhappiness of my latest yarn package.   In this recent purchase, I did not specifically state that the yarn had to be the same dye lot.  It appeared I was ordering from a reputable specialty yarn shop and any and all knitters certainly know about dye lot.  No?  After all, the yarn on the site was of high end name brands familiar to all knitters and offered a wide variety of choice.  So, I neglected to state to only send the yarn if all the skeins had the same dye lot.  Well, here I am with the purchase and a variety of dye lots before me.

Now, the story gets worse.  After a number of email exchanges, I am told the yarn cannot be returned due to dye lot issues.  Here is the exact email:  Returns for dye lot issues are only permitted if we can make the exchange.  WHAT!! I am thinking!  I cannot use this yarn for the project intended and now I can’t return it if they cannot send me more of one dye lot???  And, worse, I am thinking…. oh, so they DO know about dye lot!!  Come Monday morning, the first thing I will be doing is putting this yarn in its very neat package and shipping it right back from whence it came, authorization permission or not!

Heads up to all purchasers of yarn on-line AND to purchases made at local yarn shops.   ALWAYS STATE or check that you want/have the SAME dye lot for all yarn purchased to avoid this insult and inconvenience I now have.