A couple of years ago My Friend Sue was the hand crafted donations organizer for a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society auction. I told her that I would knit her something very special as a donation, and I did:
This is knit from a Debbie Bliss pattern, I simply love her designs. When I finished this afghan and described it to Sue, she advised me that auctioning it would be a shame. So, I got inexpensive yarn and got to work knitting a simple bobble blanket (no pictures, sorry) and Sue included it in a basket of baby things. It probably earned more than this incredibly expensive and intricate work would have.
Experienced knitters, take a very close look at this picture and tear your hair out along with me. All of the skeins were from the same dye lot (I always check labels a million times and also keep each label and check them against each other when I start a new skein). Notice that the yarn used for the bottom row of letters is a slightly different color than the rest of the blanket. ARGHHHH. Same color code, same dye lot, but doesn't match, very expensive yarn. I plan on tea-dying this piece to even out the colors and having it framed in a shallow shadow box..... some day.