Last week some friends and I decided to do a small KAL (knit-along, which means you choose a pattern and all knit this pattern so you can discuss and share progress). We choose "Cameo" a nice enough, easy scarf pattern. I went to my stash and had a look around. What I found was my variated yarn I dyed myself, from last year with easter color. One half was green and one half was red with golden thread (which creates short color repeats - I didn´t realize that at the time). So I choose this yarn.
As I was going to Bremen last week by train this was just perfect (in my mind anyway) so I took the yarn and the pattern with me and started knitting. It went well enough, the pattern was pleasant, the yarn a bit scratchy for my taste, but hey it can always be a present for someone else. But something kept nagging at my mind, whispering that this looked not right and the yarn was not a good choice for the pattern. I ignored these thoughts, because I desperately wanted to knit something again to get my knitting mojo back. And at first the color repeats looked nice. Next day I was travelling back and after one hour I send a picture of the scarf to my friends, because i couldn´t decide what to make of it, the color repeats looked awful now.
So lesson learned (again I hope), choose a pattern that has a fixed number of stitches (preferably socks, or mitts or maybe a hat) for yarn that has short color repeats.