Monday, December 01, 2008

Hearts Tunic

Wow! Was I ever excited to show and tell you all about this:

It's my Hearts Tunic!

Hearts Tunic from Simply Shetland 3, knit on 5mm needles using Jamieson's Heathered Aran in the Lacquer shade. Size small, and it fits perfectly.

Yay me!

Did I enjoy it? I did! I became more and more excited as I worked on it, thinking how wonderful it would be to wear at Christmas. You know, being a lovely shade of red and all. I love the picot detailing, and the slightly set in sleeves. It does look a little uneven in the photo above, because it's been steamed and is drying.

But.

And this is where I have to sit down, sigh, and swallow my vomit.


One of these things is definitely not like the others.

It's not a trick of the light.

It's not a "steam" or "wet" line.

It's not a fold line.

It's a very distinct separation between one ball, and another. Despite all being from the same dye lot.

It's not supposed to look like that. After all, all balls come from the same dye lot. But, that one sleeve section next to the body? Looks rather funky to me.

Can I tell you? I think I may have cried a bit. After all, if you remember correctly, this is the 2nd time this has happened (scroll down to 3rd picture).

The placement is such that I will probably not be able to wear this. It's too obvious, and really sticks out due to the red shade.

I can't help but think - did I do something wrong here??? But you know what? I didn't. Wet blocking isn't the cause. I've wet blocked many a knitted piece, and have never had this happen. And let's face it kids, I'm no idiot when it comes to this stuff. I've been knitting for over 30 years, 95% of the time with wool. I think it's safe to say at this point that I know what I'm doing.

So, stay tuned. I'll have to report this, obviously - but I'm in a better mood today than I was yesterday. I don't like using the word "complain"; it sounds too much like "whining". But, I guess that's what it is.

On a happier note -

Isobel of Mar! It's a bit difficult from the picture to see the detailing, but it is an accurate depiction of the colour. I'm knitting it from stashed 3-ply Hebridean from Virtual Yarns in the "Summertide" shade. Stashed 3-ply Hebridean...whoa. OK, actually, it was from another design I had bought that I didn't end up doing. Which one...can't remember now. But anyhoo, it makes for the perfect colouring for this design. You can really see the detailing of the cardigan in Marina's finished Isobel of Mar. And my hat is off to her, because at nearly 320 stitches per row, I'm amazed she finished it so quickly! Wait a minute. No, I'm not. It's Marina.

And hey! Look who it is!


Stewie's back! Well, I'm pretty sure it's him, he has the distinct grey tuft of fur on his tail. And he sits by the door, waiting for me to give him some bread. I haven't seen Brian yet (Stewie's companion), but it's early yet. Brian had a tuft of fur missing from his back. And yes, I did bag up the leaves...

"Aw Mom, I'm sorry about the Hearts Tunic and the bum dye job. Here. Let me lie down and nap here on your lap. I'll totally immobilise your left arm so you can't type properly. It'll make us ALL feel better. Really. It will."

Stay tuned! It ain't over.

20 comments:

Anne said...

I think I'm going to cry......I can't believe this has happened again.

Marina said...

Brigitte! This can't be happening again to you! Hope they do the right thing.

Scalpay? Your Isobel looks wonderful. I prefer that colour ;-) Hang in there! The number of stitches will get smaller.

What do the kittys think about Stewie?

Chris said...

Man, Jamieson's has it out for you or something. Woe! Woe! :(

I'm glad Gandalf was there to ease the pain. Or create new pain to distract you. ;)

Jewel said...

I'm so sorry Brigitte. The sweater is still beautiful and you did a fantastic job but I don't know if that makes things any better.

Lorraine said...

Brigitte- It is a lovely sweater.

How can you tell one squirrel from another? Are you sure it's Stewie?

Marji said...

oh Brig, crying tears for you.
That is so wrong.
And, I know that it's just too soon to think this, but you can't not wear it, so maybe some of Marina's surgery will be in order soon - after they make it right and get you some more yarn in the right color.
{{hugs}}

miyamojo said...

NOooo! I can't believe it either *sniff*. I don't think it's anything you did. :( I was thinking Christmas too.

Great color for Isobel!

Yay Stewie! Gandalf can't get any cuter with that foot in the air! :)

Bridget said...

Wow. Such a pretty sweater, and to have that happen. It's even worse that you are actually a careful knitter, not just someone who buys yarn with no paying attention to dye lot, etc.

Oh well, now that your arm is probably permanently immobilized, you have other things to worry about ... ;-)

Carrie K said...

Oh man. That is just awful!! How can that happen twice? Maybe you could put some fake icord cabling around the sleeves to separate the two colors? A black velvet ribbon? which would at least be suitable. Poor baby!!

Hey! That's what Hez always does to cheer me up.

Sounds like Isobel de Mar's stitches have come down considerably from what you told me first. ;)

Sonya said...

That sucks so much I can't even stand it! Just. Not. Fair. It's such a beautiful sweater though!

Glad to see Stewie has returned. What do the little dudes think of him?

Nicole said...

SO not your fault. Don't think that. But you know what? I'm thinking that company had better have AWESOME customer service, or (if I were you) I'd never shop with them again.

knitseashore said...

I am so, so sorry. The sweater is so beautiful. Maybe if you tell them that you've told all of us about it,*with incriminating photos*, it will sufficiently scare them into doing the right thing?

Is it possible to overdye it all in one slightly darker red shade?

I still think you should wear it on Christmas Eve. It will be night, and no one will notice. ((hugs))

kimberly said...

I am so sorry! I hope that they will do something to make amends, though I have not had the greatest luck with their North American distributor. I think, based on watching your two nightmares with this yarn that I won't be making any sweaters out of it!

Michelle said...

Oh I am sooooo jealous! I am dying to knit Isobel of Mar! I LOVED Marina's. It is so right up my alley. That's one I know I'd get a lot of use out of and wear it over and over again. I just can't justify the expense at the moment. How wonderful that you have it in your stash! The color is really pretty. I hope you are going to ehem.... "report" the crime to the source of purchase because that REALLY is a da*( shame :( ANY, EVERY, AND ALL knitters will feel your pain so I am sure the place of purchase will be understanding.

DeeAnn said...

I just wanted to say how beautifully it turned out - cus it did! but again with the colors?!?!? cr@p! I hope it all works out.

Another Isobel :) I vacilate on that one all the time, someday :)

bev said...

Your hearts tunic could be worn if you kept your arms crossed. No? Truly sorry about the dye problems in your life. Can't help but think the companies are mixing dye-lots together and not catching it.

Isobel? Covet. Want. Desire. Need. Wanna do a KAL? LOL

Brenda said...

How too bad! After all that work...You must tell Jamieson's. You can't be the only one that this happens to, and they need to know they have a problem so they can fix it (we'll assume for now they aren't selling yarn they know doesn't match). I hope they can give you some satisfaction. The knitting is fantastic.

Shannon said...

Aw that stinks!! I think I am late in the game as I have no idea who Stewie is.

She Knits Socks said...

That is a rotten thing to happen. Here's something you might try: When you wear the sweater, push the sleeves up. Maybe that would make it not as noticeable. And never, never point it out to anyone. Most people will be looking at the beautiful hearts and not look at the sleeves.

carolyn said...

I can't believe that happened to you twice! I hope Jamieson's does something for you... like give you a whole sweaters worth of yarn that actually matches!
Stewie is cute. We don't have that kind of squirrel here.

Isobel is going to be so beautiful and how lucky that you have that discontinued color stashed.