January 13, 2011
The finished product of a little comedy of errors the other day. The first dyebath I mixed up (a combination of what I thought was two deep blues) turned out to be a dark grayish purple so awful that I dumped it out five minutes after the roving went in, hoping the dye wouldn’t take too much. I then grabbed the first dye-like thing I could find, which turned out to be several packages of various green flavours of Kool-aid, mixed up a bath and tossed the now pale grayish lavender roving in, only to realize immediately that this was going to yield an uglier form of grayish something. So I quickly dumped that bath as well and, in desperation, overdyed the lot of it with a fiercely bright turquoise. Which turned out a roving of the loveliest blue, much lovelier than it looks in that sad, indoors-in-winter photograph above. It’s a tad fulled after all that bouncing around, but with a little extra love it seems to be drafting and spinning up just fine.
PRO TIP: if you accidentally forget to wear gloves and dye your hands purple, it’s not a good idea to attempt to wash the dye off using that powdered soap that goes in the dishwasher. All this will do is show you, painfully, just where all of your cuts and hangnails are. And, also? You don’t really need the harsh, bleachey soap to help you find those cuts and hangnails because THEY WILL ALREADY BE DYED PURPLE.
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It came out looking lovely. Serendipity.
[...] roving up in the attic, left over from my graduate school fibre binge. Remember that blue stuff I dyed a while ago? Here’s what it looks like mixed with the gray, in singles (on the right; gray singles on the [...]