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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

yeah baby…

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The little purple skein begat 14 more purple skeins.

Taking it to the Dye Pot this Sunday, Rachel and I jumped in feet first and just held our breath. Two hours later, we had:

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Glorious Purple Yarn!

The bright sunshine of high noon illuminates the skeins – they are rinsed and ready for washing here. The color looks a little different because of the high contrast light source and the fact they are WET! It was a very close replication of the sample skein -

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- total weight: 25.3 oz

- 5 gallons water

- 3.5 C salt

- 1T each, Rasberry & Marine Blue & 2T Lilac – Procion MX dye by Jacquard

- 1/2 C Soda Ash

- lots of heart (thanks Rachel for all your patience!)

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What I learned:
- skein management is really important – limit length to ~26″

- be sure to secure initial end when making skein

- tie in Figure 8′s in at least 4 places (see Fig. 12.)

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Overall, the process went smoothly and quickly. The only downside was the tendency of the wet cotton to want to knot itself on other strands. Think wet shoelaces – we spent a little extra time untangling some scary looking snags at the very end. I had to take a deep breath and listen to some Jimi Hendrix (Voodo Child) before continuing…

A little judicsious teasing, shaking and rinsing, made everything smooth out and become quite lovely…

18 Responses to “Tuesday, March 28, 2006”

  1. Cindy says:

    It’s lovely. Nice work.

  2. Cindy says:

    It’s lovely. Nice work.

  3. Scout says:

    Wait! You never asked me for my address to send me puple-love for my birthday tomorrow! What’s up with that!!!??

    It’s so pretty. I want to wrap it all around me.

  4. claudia says:

    Yep. At least four places. And maybe more with cotton, aye?

  5. Chris says:

    Whoa, that’s about the best purple I’ve seen – congrats!

  6. Teresa says:

    Now that is what I call purple! Gorgeous!

  7. That is some gorgeous purple yarn! Job well done! Thanks for sharing what you learned from the project as well.

  8. Beth S. says:

    What an AWESOME link! Thanks! As a neophyte spindler I will devour every word. :-)

    I dig the purple.

  9. Imbrium says:

    I think that is the perfect purple – luxury and elegance. Beautiful!

  10. Leah says:

    It is lovely. Wonderfully lovely.

    I hope the plan is not to keep us in suspense as to what you plan to knit with it!

  11. meg says:

    A very noble purple indeed. Violets! Just needs a wee accent of green :o)
    Hendrix is calming?

  12. B. says:

    Purple Haze all in your brain?

  13. amanda says:

    Purple-licious!

  14. Norah says:

    Gorgeous purple yarn!! Great job.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    I love the purple yarn that you dyed. Very lovely!!! What is this destined to be?

  16. Dipsy says:

    Hi from Austria! Gosh, that yarn turned out absolutely beautiful, that shade of purple is my #1 fave color! I’m looking forward to see the pics of what you’re going to make with it!

  17. Bonne Marie says:

    Thank you all very much! The newly purple yarn went home with Rachel and will become a fab cardi of some sort sometime this spring…

  18. rachelkates says:

    Hold the presses!

    I was momentarily in rapture with the cardi pattern, but my fickle eye is now bugging out over a raglan T pattern already in my collection.

    Gitta Schrade’s Easy On the Go short-sleeved t-shirt raglan (Knitter’s Summer 2000 #59) calls for a cotton blend or 100% cotton DK weight to be worked in a textured stitch.

    There might even be enough left over yarn for a 2nd knitter …

 
 
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