So you guys remember when I finally bought some yarn a few weeks ago? Well, it came.
To refresh your memory, I’ve decided to finally buy myself some new yarn for the first time in… years. I’ve been just stashbusting left and right since the pandemic began, and to be honest, my stash was never that impressive to begin with. Needless to say, I’ve been feeling less than inspired by my knitting of late.
Anyway, I ordered 3 skeins of Berroco Vintage (a favorite of mine for soft, cozy, easy-ish care garments) in the colorway Okra. A cute, fresh green that I thought would look good on my red-headed 2-year-old. Here it is:
Well, you can imagine how excited I was when I saw the package in the mail- new yarn for a new project that I’m actually excited about? What could go wrong?
Well, look at it:
It’s fully a different color! And this isn’t a case of “Allison doesn’t know how to take pictures!” It’s truly this gray-green sage color, not the cute, chipper Okra color I thought I was ordering. (And, yes, I’ve checked the label- they didn’t send me the wrong color by mistake.)
I guess this is just a great reminder of two things:
- Dyelots matter- a lot. There’s a ton of variation in colors, even with a big industrial dyer like Berroco.
- Buying yarn online is always a bit of a crap shoot.
Is this the color I picked out? No. Was I bummed when I opened the package? A little bit. Am I still going to use this yarn to make an adorable sweater for my kid? Absolutely.
What’s the wildest color mismatch you’ve come across?
I find reds and greens are the biggest gambles when buying online. Although I’ve had yarn that I thought was going to be gray turn out to be mud brown when it turned up. I wound up giving it away.