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Enter the Dyepot September 14, 2010

Oh HO! There is a phenom that happens every once in a while over here at Studio Chic Knits…

We actually fall out of love with a sweater!

Hard to believe, since we love, love, LOVE, the clothes, but sometimes, yes, it happens.

But sometimes, an intervention can save the day!.



from l. to r. (click on small pix for larger versions):

We started out with our two year old Basic Chic Hoodie – a well-loved garment made with Cotton Ease. We’ve worn it lots; washed it lots. It’s nice and soft and comfy. Problem was, we were never in love with the color! It is a little too light for a work sweater; a little too bland for our stylings. When we’re in the trenches as a photog, you need something that can look fresher throughout the day, maybe even something that can stand out in traffic. So it was time for a change…

And lucky us, we didn’t have to look too far! For a couple of weeks, Misa’s beautiful Cerisara has graced our blog page, made in the most glorious mustardy yellow! So, we got out the Procion MX Jacquard dyes from the cupboard and waved our wand. VOILA!

We experimented and found that 2 T of #10 Yellow & 1 t of #106 Bronze, just might give us the color we were dreaming about.
The Secret *Ingredient* ? The fact that the sweater itself was grey meant that it was going to damp down the tone. If it was white fiber, we would’ve added some #128 Warm Black to do the very same thing.
Also important? For even dye coverage, first soak the garment for about 1/2 hour in lukewarm water. I put this in the washing machine, soaked, then spun it out.

So into the gargantuan dyepot went the mixed dye, 1 1/2 cups of salt, three gallons of lukewarm water, and the sweater. Forty-five minutes and 1/3 of a cup of soda ash later, VOILA! Our gorgeous reincarnated sweater was ready for a brand new day….


We’re chompin’ at the bit for some cool temp runnings now so we can give this a road test asap! Whow!

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