Apparently, I've sunk to punny new lows in the search for compelling post titles. Sorry.
Anyway... Thank you SO much for all of the kind words about my freshly dyed yarn, and the loads of expert advice, too. Seriously. Go read the comments on this post if you're thinking about dyeing yarn for the first time. They're a gold mine. I decided to go ahead and try to re-dye this yarn and see if I like the results better. It's not terrible as it is, but in real life, it's sort of... well, meat-colored. I've dubbed it Beef Yarn. Not quite the look I was going for.
For this round, I've decided to follow Mimi's instructions. Because when you get down to it, Mimi is freaking brilliant when it comes to color. Have you seen this woman's blog, or her designs? Gorgeous.
And so, I filled the sink with cold water and a tiny bit of detergent. Like so...
Then grabbed the Beef Yarn and gave it a good dunk.
And also this. Because, a little caffeine never hurts. Plus which, I'm addict.
So I rinsed and wrung out the yarn as best I could. You'll have to trust me on this point, as Mr. Right was out doing Very Important Truck Things, and I didn't have an extra hand to hold the camera.
Then I mixed up some purple-y dye using Wilton's Violet...
I took the freshly Tide-d and rinsed Beef Yarn and dunked it into its new pretty violet bath and squished it around with my new gloves. That part was probably more fun than it should've been.
All that was left was to turn on the crock pot and wander off to grab some lunch and knit my mitten for an
hour. I love Saturdays.
This time the dye didn't exhaust after an hour and a half, but I chalked it up to being the 2nd pass, and also using a metric ton of violet dye. I grabbed my trusty salad tongs and plucked the yarn out of its bath so I could hang it to dry. Goodbye Beef Yarn, hello Psychedelic Purple! Again, what came out of the ooze was absolutely not what I expected, but this time I LOVE it.
Even when it's soggy and drippy and not looking its best.
But check out what I ended up with when all was said and done. A skein of this:
And a skein of this:
Both of which are much prettier in person than in these photos. So awesome! One more question, though... if the dye didn't exhaust, and the skeins dripped a bit of blue water while they dried, do I have to worry about the dye rubbing off when I work with it, or wear something made with it, or bleeding when I block it? If so, is there any way to help set it? Inquiring minds, and all that.
And then, after I cleaned up my mess and bundled up my new yarn, I went to the store and bought this:
Stay tuned for Part III -- Kool Aid's Revenge!