Thursday, January 25, 2007

Adventures in Dyeing or The Really Big Skein-Part 2

Okay, so we survived the winding and it was time to dye!
Here is the skein set up to go.

You actually apply the dye with a sponge paint brush to the dry yarn.

It gives you more control over where the dye goes and reduces how wet the yarn gets.

I still had to blot it with paper towel to keep it from being too soggy.

I changed colors every 3-4 yards.

It is my goal for each color to be about four rows long though the red and the light green will be a little shorter since I was running out of room.

This way of applying dye takes quite a long time. I thought it would take me about 1 1/2 hours to get this done and it ended up taking 3 1/2!

Finally, though, I did get to the end of the skein.

I had it all wrapped in plastic wrap by then but decided to tie each color in it's own plastic bag for steaming. After all that work, I didn't want one color bleeding onto another. I think I would have cried.

Anyway, into the steamer for 45 minutes. That is more than the usual half hour, but again, I wanted to be sure it was well steamed.

Then I rinsed it,

spun it in the washer and hung it up to dry.

It is almost completely dry today. Guido and I are going to wind it into a ball tomorrow morning. I may lay it over the radiator tonight to make sure it is bone dry. I've found that if this yarn is at all damp, you can't get a correct weight on it.

Sock club people-your yarn should be wound off and ready to go this weekend! I can't wait to see how it knits up!!

Everyone else (hi Taylor!)-I just updated my Etsy site with the other yarn that I dyed on Tuesday. Enjoy!


Amy said...

How exciting! I'm so bummed I didn't join the sock club-next year I guess!

Can't wait to see the finished product.

Amy O' said...

OMG! I can't wait to come pick up my skein!!! Woo-hoo!

emilytheslayer said...

Yay! It's like a birthday present! That. . .I. . .paid for? Whatever, I don't care, just bring on the awesome yarn.

arianna said...

wow, Lucy, those colors look *gorgeous*! like Amy, i'm disappointed i didn't join this year -- this is good motivation for me to do so next year, though! :)