Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Big Stumble at the Finish

I learned a lot about fiber prep during this year's Tour de Fleece. I went from making lumpy bumpy batts to ones so white and fluffy I wanted to take a nap in them. I used them to produce two big skeins of fairly decent sport weight destined for some scratchy socks. All was well until I started the dyeing process.

While I was spinning and watching the Tour, I thought it would be a good idea to dye the yarn using the color of each leader's jersey. Using food coloring I came up with these candy colored skeins that looked more like layette material than sock yarn.

I got out my black Jaquard dye and tried to add some stripes. As soon as I put it on I realized I had made a BIG MISTAKE. Instead of staying in neat little spots it started to run through the entire skein taking over all the other colors.

Here is the sad result of 3 weeks of hard work. It hurts my eyes to even look at it. I still have a giant box of the unwashed fleece that I spun this from so today I'm going all the way back to the starting line. Versus usually reruns the Tour over and over so I am going to keep watching and spinning until I get it right.


  1. I know it's not what you wanted, but it still could be lovely yarn. Maybe a gentle over-dye with a solid color to even things out? And really, you never know until you knit it up. Even the prettiest yarn in the skein can be awful once knit, and vice versa.

    Congratulations on your wonderful spinning for the Tour!

  2. I don't know, I kind of like it and the black might not be so bad if you were planning on making socks with it. I can't wait to see a picture of them when they're done. I bet they'll come out nicer than you think. Good luck.

  3. You're right! Now that I have started to knit with it the colors are not so bad after all.