Ok, so no one likes knots. But most of the time, they’re just a small irritation. However, on long color change yarns, they can actually be sort of a problem.
See how the yarn on one side is blue? And the yarn on the other side is white? Yeah. Not cool.
If the color transition had continued smoothly across the knot, it wouldn’t have been a big deal. I’d have just left enough yarn to weave in the ends and kept knitting. But because the color changes from one strand to the next, that would be hugely jarring. Instead of a lovely slow transition from white to blue and back, I’d have a hard line.
If it were a short color change yarn, I’d just find where the color transition matched up and clip out whatever I needed to to make it work. But on long color transitions, it’s somewhere between hard and and impossible to tell just where the color shifts (because it’s so subtle).
So I’m going to have to get creative. I can handle it. It will still be downright adorable. But it does mean I’m going to need to break into another ball of yarn (which is kind of frustrating).
And yarn companies? I love you. I truly don’t mind the occasional knot. But holy wow do I get cranky when there’s a color jump at a knot in a long color change yarn. It takes the super duper awesome thing about the yarn and turns it into a huge liability.