Since the scarf pattern looked to be a fair amount of concentration and time I decided to splurge and purchase a more expensive yarn for it. I bought 250 yards of cashmere on Ebay for $40 plus shipping. Although this was one Ebay item, the yarn came wound in two 125 yard balls. The Ebay seller was someone who hand dyes/hand paints yarn. The yarn looked fine to me so I started the first scarf-half. I finished my first ball with about 4 more inches to knit on the scarf-half so I started using the second ball and noticed a slight color difference - like a different dye lot. I thought to myself I really didn't like a different dye lot sold to me in one Ebay purchase but the colors are very close and only a knitter who is scrutinizing this scarf closely will ever notice the change so I kept on knitting and finished the half.
Now the yarn was shipped to me without any gauge or washing instructions so I e-mailed the Ebay seller and asked about washing. The seller responded that I could hand wash with mild shampoo, rinse with hair conditioner or dry clean.
I noticed that as I was knitting this scarf-half that some of the dye was coming off the yarn and on to my hands so I started to suspect this yarn wasn't very color fast. I didn't want to block the scarf-half , spray it with water and have green dye run all over my ironing board so I decided to hand wash the scarf half with cold water and Woolite, rinse it out, dry it flat until barely damp and then block it. This is where my problem with the yarn really showed up. The last part of the scarf- half that was knitted with the second ball changed color from the washing much more than the rest of the scarf-half. Now I have a scarf-half that looks like I knit it from two different shades of yarn. The color change between the parts of the scarf is impossible not to notice. The second scarf-half has the same problem.
So has this ever happened to you before? Does hand painted yarn always handle hand washing differently from skein to skein? Should I have never hand washed a hand-dyed/painted yarn?
Next time I ever purchase yarn from EBay I will scrutinize each ball . If there are any differences in color (like a dye lot change) I will seriously consider sending it back. But meanwhile I have a scarf that represents time and money but looks terrible.
I am using Bloggerbot to post this which doesn't seem to have a way to post a picture so I'm going to post this text and then try to use Hello to post a photo of my poor scarf.
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