A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ordering three skeins of sock yarn in the same colorway, even if hand dyed, leads one to expect a certain minimum consistency.  So, the real work of dyeing, as opposed to just having fun with color on little skeins, has begun.

Here I’m beginning to paint of skeins of  . . . oh, what shall I call it?  Red’n’orange’n’yellow for now. I’ve put on pure scarlet at the end of skeins and am now adding a mix of scarlet plus some yellow dye.

 Lie still and relax

A lot of rubbing and massaging is involved in getting reasonably smooth color transitions.

All done!

Here they are all done, with the reference skeinlette closest to you. Not an exact match, but reasonably close. There are three skeins for Main Street Yarns and one for my Etsy shop, and that’ll be updated this week with lots of new stuff. I’ll keep you posted.  After the dye is applied, the skeins are sprayed with vinegar, wrapped up tightly in plastic, then steamed, cooled, and washed.

I’m also trying another technique, that gives rather more random results. For this, the yarn is put into a shallow vinegar and water bath that is brought up to temp,  then the dye is poured onto the yarn.  Each pour is simmered until the color is exhausted, then a  new pour can be added if desired.  For this skein, I poured the light blue first, then the dark. This bath had a lot of vinegar in it and I didn’t move the yarn around after the dye was poured in, so the stripes are pretty distinct.

Striped spaghetti

This skein only had chartreuse poured on it, but the yarn was smooshed around as the dye was added, so it got more diffused. Also, the bath had less vinegar, so the dye struck more slowly.

Chartreuse in the pot

Fun, eh?

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