Quilting, Farming, Variety

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Importance of Dye Lot Numbers

On Mother's Day my daughter gave me three skeins of this yarn to have to help me pass the time while my eyes healed.  She hasn't had much experience in buying yarn, but wanted to see how this color would work up.  

If you're an old hand at crocheting, you're familiar with the back of the label on a skein of yarn which reads, "Please purchase sufficient yarn of the same dye lot number to complete your project."  I knew solid colors could vary in color from lot to lot, but who would think a variegated yarn would have a difference.  So I just made this little blanket without bothering to look at the lot numbers.

The colors made a striped pattern to begin with (right side of photo), and then when I changed skeins I began to notice the pattern looked more like a plaid (center section).  The third skein made the same plaid pattern but was darker!  That's when it hit me!  The dye lots must be different, and when I looked at the labels, two skeins had the same number but not the same as the first one.  Who knows why the third part is darker!  Anyway, one should always check the dye lot numbers and hope for the best I guess.  

I won't rip it out, although I have done that before when something didn't please me.  It brings to mind a story my mother-in-law told me about an old woman who crocheted a "mile a minute" edging.  Her family would unravel it and give the thread back to her to crochet again, unknown to her of course.  It gave her something to do and this was back in the day when people couldn't run to Wal Mart for every little thing and they probably didn't have money to spend on more thread and nothing to do with the yards of edging she made.

My blanket doesn't look that bad unless it is spread out; maybe when it's wrapped around a baby no one will notice. :)

I'm still learning,

Friday, July 7, 2017

In Spite of Neglect,

I've had some beautiful flowers, among grasses, weeds, and tree saplings.  This is a white Stargazer Lily which has grown taller than me.  Each "stem" has from three to five big buds, making it very heavy and prone to be blown over by the wind when it rains.  So ~ I've tied it to a tree branch; a person does what a person has to do.

To answer a question from Chip Butter on my last post (she asked how I learned to crochet):  forty years ago a teacher at the local high school, held a class for those interested in learning to crochet.  I attended and learned to make a ripple afghan.  It was something learned that I have used over and over and enjoy so much.  Many times I have wished I could thank her for giving her time and knowledge to teach this class, and wonder how many of those attending the class carried the passion for crochet like I have.

Have a blessed weekend,

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Use of More Scraps...

This time it's yarn scraps.  In the quest to find something to keep me occupied these past weeks, I decided to try to use up some of my baby yarn left from projects I'd done before.  I found this pattern,
https://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Baby-Blankets/Hushabye-Simple-Shell-Afghan, online, and had the colors I needed.  This is my finished blanket.  Both blue rows and pink rows are the same color; the far rows look darker but they aren't.

Because I used baby yarn, in order to achieve the right width of the different colors, I had to make eight rows of the colors and four rows of the white.  The pattern shows more rows of color but there wasn't enough green in my stash to make more; anyway, it would have been too long.  I've hunted for baby yarn online and at Wal Mart and can't find it.  The brand is Red Heart; do they not make this yarn anymore?  It's really delicate and soft.

I'm always shy when showing what I've made; I feel like a cat who has brought a mouse to the back door for praise. :)

Have a safe and happy fourth with your friends and families.