Ever accidentally dump one shade bead in with another that is only marginally different? I did. On size 11 Delicas, nonetheless. I don't know when or how, and I've been just working around it for a couple of years now, pulling out only the shade I want as I need it. However, I still wind up with the wrong shade in a beading project anyway. Why is it that I can see the difference best when fixing it requires undoing a lot of stitches?
Well, a couple of months ago, I had my fill of trying to work around it, so I decided to try to sort them. After working on it for a couple of hours, both shades started to look the same. I don't know if I'm doing any good or not. Quite often, I will classify a bead as one color, then see it next to what I had thought was the same shade and realize I was wrong. But, when I move it to the other pile, it still doesn't look quite right. Perhaps I have three shades of red in that mess.
I really should just forget about sorting them and get back to projects. I have three things -- a child's bracelet, a child's ring and an adult bracelet -- only half finished. Really should get busy and get them finished.