Thesis before Knitting

I’m on to the 2nd of my kilt hose stockings, but I’m going to try to hold myself off from taking a photo until I’m finished both of them – I guess this is my way of trying to stave off Second Sock Syndrome 😉

But, I realized I never showed a Finished Object photo of something else I finished a little while ago:


I think I’ll wear these for the Yarn Harlot event on Friday, since most of my knits are just too warm for the weather we’ll get this week!

As I’ve been knitting the kilt hose with the Apple Laine sock yarn, I’ve developed some concerns about the yarn. Like Kelly, I encountered a skein with a significant # of joins in it – i.e. more than 3, which is enough to make me sit up and notice. However, my other concern is the consistency of colouration in the dye:


I don’t know if you can see it well enough in this photo, but the effect is as though someone has come along with a dark magic marker and drawn short lines across the sock. This has happened in both of the 2 skeins I have worked with so far. And because it’s the sort of thing that is more noticeable in the knitted fabric than in the yarn itself, I didn’t notice it fully until after I’d reached the foot and was on the home stretch of the stockinette.

When I did contact the Apple Laine people about my concerns, they said I could send them my original invoice and the offending skeins for a refund – and I would expect this kind of response and certainly appreciate it. But since that would involve ripping up an entire kilt hose stocking, I’m not sure that would ease my heartbreak at all. I’m debating whether or not to do this, but I’m leaning towards not – ripping up an entire stocking at this point would only lead to more anguish. And then I would either a) have no yarn at all, or b) have more yarn that might still be suspect.

[EDIT]: There’s an update on this; They have offered to send me some replacement skeins once new ones have been dyed. I think this is very generous and I will be happy to see how they knit up.

Moral of the story – I cannot fully recommend this yarn (at least in the solids – I don’t imagine these dyeing issues would happen in the multicoloured variants), and I don’t think I will be buying any more, which is a shame because the colours are nice and the yarn itself feels lovely and soft. It behaves more like a light sport weight which is why I chose to use it here in the stockings. I’ll knit up the stuff I’ve got and leave it at that. If you’ve got some of this yarn at home, I really recommend giving it a careful look while it’s in the unwound hank, before using it. Check for joins, check for discolouration BEFORE you knit it up, and get a refund if you think it is warranted.

That’s all for today…Must work on Thesis before knitting, must work on Thesis before knitting…


  1. well that’s just annoying that they wanted you to send the skeins back! I have just had companies send me new yarn on faith….I can see the dark stripes in the picture. That’s too bad….

  2. wiscjennyann · ·

    I am totally adopting your “Thesis before knitting” mantra, just so ya know. Does it work? I’m desperate!

  3. They look wonderful! I can’t wait to see them upclose and personal.

    That is poopy!! I mean when you dye it yourself you expect some likelihood of variation, but when you buy professional stuff you hope it’ll be even (if they have problems with it they should mention it somewhere…)

  4. Oh, bummer. The yarn I had was varigated so the shade differences wouldn’t have shown. Such as shame, becuase it’s a lovely yarn in terms of hand feel. But I definitely wouldn’t buy it again for socks. Too inconsistant.

    In your position, I wouldn’t rip it out, but then I’m not much of a perfectionist!

  5. Thanks for the yarn review. I’ve been looking at Apple Laine online, but if it doesn’t knit well and the dye is wonky, there’s other stuff out there I’d rather spend my money on.

    Might be a bit warm on Friday for fingerless mitts. Supposed to be around 28 degrees! Maybe I’ll see you there.

  6. I was wondering about the yarn as to number of ‘breaks’ in the skein…having had read about that at Kelly’s….I was hoping to read yours wasn’t the case. damn.
    That really is beyond too bad as it is beautiful looking yarn and that it feels so good.

  7. […] but the feel is gorgeous thanks to a bit of silk and nylon. I blogged in a previous post about my concerns with the dye consistency in the yarn, however, as 3 of these 4 skeins had patches with small dark stripes in the yarn (I suspect you can […]

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