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,