Thursday, March 17, 2011

False Advertising

The weather has finally warmed up enough around here for me to venture into my sunroom, and I was eager to start winding some yarn because I am coming to the end of the socks I am currently working on. I'm kind of lazy about socks - my sock stash is immense, but I will just grab whatever yarn is already wound when I want to start a new pair of socks. So, I pulled out a few skeins I wanted to knit with, and proceeded to wind them into cakes.

Exhibit A:


Pretty, isn't it? I won't say who the vendor is, but I bought this skein at MDSW last year. I had this picture in my head of how this self-striping sock yarn was going to knit up - alternating stripes of a cherry red and a red/orange/pink/yellow variegated. Imagine my surprise when I untwisted the skein and was presented with this:


This is not self-striping... Striping, perhaps with a lot of annoying work and weaving in of ends on my part. I'm a bit pissed here. I remember having a conversation with the vendor about how keen I was to see how this *SELF-STRIPING* yarn was going to knit up. I'm not sure what I am going to do with it now. I am not one to put extra effort into socks with multiple skeins. There is probably enough on each half-skein to make children's socks and that is probably my best option - but I guess this proves the adage 'caveat emptor.'

Remember how excited I was when I picked up my craft table (Ikea Nordren Gateleg, I believe) last year? Well, this is what it looks like in action with my swift and winder:


Yeah, ignore the fact that the Christmas tree and ornament box are still in the sunroom. I was too pregnant to help Andrew put it in the loft after Christmas, and as I mentioned above, it only just started being warm enough to not freeze off body parts whilst in the sunroom.


mom said...

I still think you should get another one & use it for your dining table...
Love & Hugs
PS How about 'metickle' for the word verification???

tara said...

You said whilst. Only you.
Bummer about the yarn but kids socks would be great.

Suzanne said...

Fraternal socks! One solid sock and one wild sock!

I do understand getting a disappointing skein, though. I have my share of them. Since my sock stash is so rich and varied, I've started just selling or gifting disappointing skeins instead of fighting them. It's not worth my time when I have so much stuff to love.

turtlegirl76 said...

Oh my god. I think someone needs to learn what the term self-striping means! I wish you would name the vendor so others don't fall into the same trap.

Kaye said...

Uh yeah. Interesting definition of "self striping."

~RaenWa~ said...

Wow that sucks I guess "Self Striping" means different things to people maybe to her it meant you have to stripe it yourself.

Discoknits said...

Could you stripe the colours every 2 rows and just carry the yarn up those teeny rows? Annoying!

kingshearte said...

Oh, that is so disappointing. I'd be extremely tempted to write to the vendor about that. Not to demand your money back or anything, as it's still perfectly good yarn, but to point out that, yeah, that's not self-striping, and shouldn't be presented/sold as such.

SuzannaBanana said...

I had the same thought as Discoknits. It's still going to be, at best, a variegated sort-of stripe, but it might be pretty anyway.