Seriously now... would you call this heathered?
The violet is really much darker than this picture shows and in normal lighting the heathering is completely unnoticeable. The flash used puts a bit of a shine on this yarn that simply isn't there in normal lighting. What may look like a bit of heathering is really the contrast created by the shine on the purple. What isn't shining is basically what is black (or dark gray) - or shadows.
So what's a person to do? It's not worth it to send it back. And I didn't need any more plain purple yarn.
I let it stew for a bit, knowing I wouldn't be using the yarn for the project I had hoped to make with it. But then I got an idea. Combine it with another yarn to make something of a different heathered look. And that's what I did. I added some laceweight Loops & Threads Woolike in the color Mauve and this is what I got:
Not bad! The purple is still a bit darker than this picture shows, but the mauve lifts the dark purple to something prettier than it appears by itself. Though the purple is actually darker, this picture is a fairly accurate representation of how the tones in the two yarns work together. I'm still not making what I had hoped to make with this yarn, but I think this casual poncho will be kind of fun in this new colorway I created. I may only wear it around the house, but I look forward to having something easy I can toss on temporarily to cover chilly arms. And just in time, too. We're beginning to enjoy evening temps in the 50's. A little early for fallish weather, but it's glorious nonetheless.
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