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Wednesday, April 5, 2004

high on dye

Before there is Red, there had to be Brown…

Years ago now, I knit a foxy little number from my favorite, All Seasons Cotton by Rowan in a color called Boudoir. Like most of my stash, I got it on sale – but the color always left me a little BLAH.


But this is one of my favorites and since I wear it all the time, I thought I’d try a Dye Intervention…

Now, I must say that I entered into this with not a little trepidation. But, in the interest of Science and Fashion, someone had to take the plunge.


Once again, the Procion MX dyes were called into service. Using equal parts of Brilliant Orange & Midnight Blue with a tsp. of Bright Golden Yellow for tops, I mixed what I hoped would be a soft Sienna Brown. The nature of the base color of the yarn was a light reddish brown to begin with and I wanted to take its saturation down as well as the tone.


Here is the final, washed result with the original color shown in the tiny ball on top – that is how much yarn I had left from this project – not enough to test run the color mixture – a most important step that fell by the wayside in my lust for Brown! I love this brown – it is very close to the very first sweater I ever knit – when I was 10yo – a cardigan for my Barbie Doll out of fingering weight wool…


– Weigh the garment

– Remove buttons before washing

– Soak in soapy (alkaline) water for at least an hour (preferably overnight) – do not rinse out

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