This morning the skein was dry. I like to dry my yarns straight out of the dye pot with out rinsing first. I think it helps to set a darker color. When I rinse right away sometimes the color washes out too much. So I usually give it a day or so before I wash and rinse. So you can probable guess where this is going – can’t you?
yes I washed with a mild soap and rinsed and then used a conditioner to soften the yarn and Kazow turned into Ka-zing
It is more of a sage green and Mr. Fish Tickler likes this one better – he wasn’t enthusiastic about the purple hues. I like this too. I had expected to get more of a grayish blue color with a hint of green but it is always hard to predict what color will emerge from the pot. I am not sure of the scientific reasons that the yarn changed so drastically but I believe it has to do with the ph of the water when the yarn is washed..or maybe the soap. But I suspected it might change because purple and blue are hard colors to achieve. And also I did have a little trouble getting any color to adher to the wool.
for me it is kind of like the magic of an indigo pot when your yarn comes out of the vat there is only a hint of yellow to it and magically as it gets exposed to the air the yarn will turn indigo blue. In this case my yarn turned color when it was re-emersed in water and it turned this beautiful teal color and then as I continued to rinse out the yarn it turned darker and more of a sage green. The water stayed purple as I rinsed out the vinegar smell and the bits of hibiscus flowers.
So these are the four yarns I dyed this week the lightest one is lace weight dyed with blacked-eyed Susan flowers it is a very pale celery green. I had expected more of a khaki green and am still considering over dyeing this. The darker green is my hibiscus or Ka-zing as I will think of it. I wish I had more than one skien of this sock yarn — maybe 3 would be enough for a nice sweater but since I have only one skeins will be used for stranded knitting. The two orange skeins of sock weight yarn are dyed with jewelweed I think this is my favorite orange of all. A girl can never have too much orange and yellow – I love to play around and over dye these colors. I have 1400 yards of worsted yarn I want to dye with jewel weed and over dye and turn into a sweater that I will be test knitting soon ; )