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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

yeah baby…


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:


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 –


– 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!)


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.)


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:


  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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