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Mary Howard
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Posted - 02/01/2013 :  10:13:10 PM  Show Profile Send Mary Howard a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For my latest socks I am using Berroco sock weight wool. I have come across two joins made by tying the yarn ends together. This not the first time this has happened nor is it limited to Berroco sock yarn.
Have others experienced this?
Am I mistaken in assuming that this should not be happening? Is this a sign of declining standards in the production process? Can we put pressure on the offending manufacturers to improve quality control?
Have others had similar experiences? Any thoughts?

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Posted - 02/02/2013 :  05:08:49 AM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It happens. And I have had knots even in very expensive yarn like Opal. I contacted Opal and they just said that they were sorry but that just happens in the production and there is nothing that they can do. But, from what I have read about knots, you should not leave them since they might open up and can also interfere with the movement of the fabric in that spot.
You could avoid Berroco sock yarn and go with smaller makers where quality control seems to be better.


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Posted - 02/02/2013 :  11:55:36 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knots. Blech. The worst knot offense I've encountered is Kauni--in their long stripey rainbow yarn, a knot reversed the color pattern. IE the colors were going red-orange-yellow-green-blue and then a KNOT and then it went green-yellow-orange-red. Not what I wanted.

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Posted - 02/03/2013 :  09:39:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Industry standard allows for 2-3 knots per skein. Unfortunately, it just happens.

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Posted - 02/04/2013 :  4:29:50 PM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree, sometimes it just happens. I have used Berroco several times and haven't had any more problem with them than anyother brand.
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Posted - 02/28/2013 :  9:49:35 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The last pair I knitted with Cherry Tree Hill had probably six to ten breaks in the yarn. Not a looked partially cut, actually. That pair has so many woven in ends but I was sure it was a fluke.

Now I have a CSM (circular sock machine) and started a sock with another skein of CTH. The yarn broke in the middle of the heel - not good news on a machine, so I ripped it out. Three time I started a sock with that yarn, and three time it broke. I gave up and gave the yarn to DH who uses my sock yarn scraps to make hatbands and western style neck ties.

Knots on the CSM are manageable as long as I see them coming and can cut them out. If I have the ribber on my machine, it's not a good thing. As long as it feeds through the needles, I can just weave new yarn in that section later and cut out the knot. I know knots are a fact of life, but I sure don't like them.

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Posted - 03/14/2013 :  5:44:16 PM  Show Profile Send kare a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I thought perhaps I was just noticing them more. Sure is not fun if the knot or break in the yarn comes at a point that I can't work it in easily. Didn't know that they're allowed a certain number in a skein - you would think that with modern equipment, they could eliminate most of them.
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Posted - 03/22/2013 :  4:07:25 PM  Show Profile Send technikat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Noro yarn invariably has a knot in every ball.

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