Quietly, I had been working on my Lozenge Lace Wrap pattern knit with The Fibre Company Yarn, Meadow.
Lozenge Wrap is a wide rectangular wrap in an intertwined diamond lace design. The term lozenge offen refers to a diamond and is a form of rhombus. Its used in architecture, heraldry, decoration on textiles, ceramics, silverware, and playing cards.
The picture below is not blocked and does not do the piece much justice, but its the only picture I have at this time. Read on to find out why.....
Meadow is a newer lace weight yarn that was introduced last June. It a unique blend of fibers: 40% merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk and 15% linen. Meadow has some inherent color difference which I thought was due to the variation of fibers used and how the each fiber takes the dyes. I'm not a dye expert, but it seemed reasonable to me.
Why no mention until now?
Well, I had wanted to have it all complete prior to posting about it or its progress. New pattern, new yarn...... It was really kind of exciting..... tiptoeing around the edges of being undercover or even secret like.
When all I had to do was to finalize the pattern writing, block it and photograph it .....that is when it happened.....FOILED!!!!!
The three hanks of Meadow that I purchased, all from the same store, all at the same time looked the same in the hank, BUT resulted in three subtle yet distinct color differences once knit, resulting in lines of demaraction. This was not obvious to me as it should have been, until blocking day. I was heart-broken. I guess I was so intent on knitting and focused on completion, that I hadn't noticed the subtle color variations from skein to skein, especially when I had a pile of lace sitting in my lap.
The Fibre Company, was contacted to see if the piece could be overdyed with their dyes to maintain the integrity of the yarn and color. But sadly they refused.
What are my choices?
I can have a wrap that looks like it was knit with three different colors or I perhaps I can over-dye it for an entirely different look all together. I can start light and get darker if need-be. Since I have limited dying experience, its time to ask around.
Now my wrap is with a student at SAIC, who specializes in dying. She is going to over-dye it. She is going to shoot for a slightly bluer version of the original color, because of how the silk content might perform.
This is foreign to me...... but I am not worried in the least, it can't possibly look worse than it does right now. If that color doesn't work out, we will just go darker.
Will share the AFTER pictures and more about the pattern later.
Until then......Happy Knitting!