When I knit socks with self-striping yarn, I make an effort to line up the stripes. I'm not always successful, but I try. Therefore, it does not help if the yarn has not one but two splices in it, spaced not all that far apart.
See the yarn ends waving to you? (The yellow ones are hard to see but are near the needles on the right.) Now I am definitely not lined up. BTW, this pattern uses an "eye of partridge" heel flap which I just love.
I knit on these socks at work over my lunch period, so progress is slow but steady. At home, I have picked up the February Lady sweater again. We have the occasional sunny day, but there are enough chilly, rainy, is-spring-ever-going-to-arrive days that I don't mind working with wool. Yet.
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