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July 13, 2011

wip woes on wednesday
posted by soe 11:21 pm

It’s been a while since I shared a knitting work in progress here, so I thought today would be a good time to do so.

I am knitting a pair of Skews. I’m using this pretty rainbow striping yarn, Regia in their Nation line:

Skew #1

I ran into a problem with the first sock, so I thought I’d cast on the second sock while I mulled over what to do with the first.

Skews on Hold

But I didn’t even finish the full set of increases on the toe before running into the exact same problem with the second sock.

What? You don’t notice a problem? Let me give you a closer look:

Knot #1

Knot #2

Yup. Knots.

I realize that large manufacturers consider a knot in a skein not to be a big problem. (I’ve even heard of some companies that feel it’s kosher to give you a skein with up to three knots, but I think we all agree that’s beyond reasonable!) And I could live with it, except, you see, in the ROYGBV scheme of things neither blue nor purple immediately follow yellow.

Yep, they cut out several colors when they tied them back on.

So, here’s my dilemma. Do I suck it up and just knit on (yes, knitters, I would cut out the knots themselves, rather than knit them into my sock) and live with mismatched rainbows? Or do I cut out the length of yarn between the knot and the next repeat of the correct color, knowing this will mean shorter socks? We’re talking yards and yards here…


What would you do?

Category: knitting. There is/are 7 Comments.

I would cut the blue side of the knot till you see the yellow again. you’ll have to say good bye to maybe a few yards of that skein but at least your socks won’t make you twitchy?

I hope that made sense….

Comment by laura 07.14.11 @ 4:40 am

Why don’t people respect the comforting ROYGBV order? Even Fisher Price puts its ring stackers in ROYGBV.
Good luck getting rainbows back in your socks.

Comment by raidergirl3 07.14.11 @ 10:01 am

Tough choice. I would probably cut out enough yarn to get back to the right color, because a mismatch would bug me. I think it’s stinky that the manufacturer gave you knots.

Comment by Karen 07.14.11 @ 10:35 am

Cut out the incorrectly sequenced colors. Save that yarn for something else.

On the one where it goes yellow back to blue, I would say undo things back to the blue and cut from there – you’d be cutting both sides, but ultimately sacrificing less of the yarn to get the colors to line up properly again.

Comment by Grey Kitten 07.19.11 @ 2:45 pm

For the sock where you only just got started, it might work better to cut the yarn at the appropriate blue starting point and just scrap what you’ve got so far, as this will discard less yarn than cutting all the way up to yellow.

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