I've been thinking about frogging. It is not always necessary, but it is not the tragedy it sometimes seems. Last month, nature frogged our crabapple tree. Twice. I had just read about Alex's crabapple, how it was budding, then blooming. I didn't expect ours to follow immediately. After all, we are a couple of thousand feet higher in elevation. It is simply colder here, and spring comes later. But she does come. A week later, there were buds on our crabapple. Then it snowed.
Oh, woe to me and the crabapple. I sent K out with a broom to flog the snow off the branches. Besides being cold, the wet snow weighed the branches down a good bit. Then I left for MDSW. I spoke with K on the phone while I was there. It had snowed again. org!! Poor crabapple. K repeated the flogging, hoping a little snow wouldn't faze the crabapple. Just like a knitter with a pile of frogged knitting, it could begin again, right?
I'm looking at this post, trying to reassure myself, because I think I have a 3 sleeve curse. First, there were the 3 sleeves of Tivoli. Then, there were the 3 sleeves of CPC.
I knit the first sleeve of the Cabled Points Cardigan (from Knitting Beyond the Edge) as a swatch, but I was kidding myself. I didn't really think it was a swatch. I thought it was going to be a sleeve. Even when I was guessing it was too small, I still was hoping for a sleeve. Then I noticed a change in color. There was a knot in the skein and I never imagined that the yarn after the knot, in the middle of the skein, would be different shade. But it was. I didn't notice until the sleeve was almost complete, and I looked at it in good light. So I frogged the first sleeve and knit two more sleeves--a total of three sleeves for that cardigan.
I could chalk that up to experience, but to add insult to injury, one of the six skeins I had was a different shade, so the right side of the cardigan is slightly brighter colored than the rest. This is aggravating, but I had no idea that color variations within a dyelot were anything but just a slip-up, a sport, a very rare thing.
Until now. I mean, I should have been catching on. After all, when I decided I didn't have enough Encore for the cardigan I wanted to make, I ordered more in a different dyelot. When they came in, they looked like a different color altogether. Instead of blue and tan, there were blue and bright orange, and the blue was a different blue altogether. I didn't even like the new version, though I love the old. I returned the ugly yarn, changed the pattern, and set about knitting a simple cardigan for which I thought I would have just enough yarn, all the same dyelot.
It is all the same dyelot, but it isn't the same color. There's one skein I have used so far that is much brighter than the others. What did I knit with it? You guessed it, the second sleeve. Luckily, I was wrong on the yarn amount, so I have an extra skein. All I have to do is knit--ta dum de dum dum--a third sleeve.
I am NOT making this up, folks.
I can say that I am glad I have extra yarn to fix this problem, that the sleeve is a quick knit, and that Encore is nice to knit. However, I think I'll sew the sweater together to "check the fit". Maybe I'll decide I can live with the off-color sleeve. It would be nice to knit something with only two sleeves.