Monday, December 30, 2013

From Bad to Worse

 Even though I did not consider the Raven dyeing adventure a complete success, I felt confident enough to try it again. This time with Washington's colors for Sister's husband.

  I did the same thing I did before and thought I had a done deal. Until I noticed the white turning pink. Horrors-the burgundy was bleeding.

 Having no dye sense at all, I thought I would have a quick fix with some dye remover.

 The white whitened up beautifully but I did not fix the real problem. The burgundy was still bleeding. I rinsed it and recooked it with vinegar for two days and it still bled.

 I left it in the crock pot for hours with no luck.

 I read that Dawn will stop the bleeding so I gave it a try. What it did was make the burgundy wick up completely into the white. It even made the gold bleed into the white and it wasn't anywhere near the water. #&$^@%&$!!! You wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere near my kitchen when this happened. It wasn't pretty.

Of course, the bleeding stopped as soon as I gave it what it wanted which was more yarn. As soon as the white was all pink, the burgundy decided to behave itself and stay put. Burgundy, gold...and pink? The project was now officially declared a fail. Making lemonade out of my lemons, I decided just to have fun with it.

I added orange to the gold and blue to the pink-in small amounts. I didn't want anymore excess dye raining on my parade. It was a hot mess but who doesn't need more crazy sock yarn?

As for those Washington colors, I bought them. It wasn't sock weight but these were for a joke anyway. Real men wouldn't be caught dead in burgundy and gold socks so I should have thought of this in the first place.

 As for that crazy skein... didn't turn out quite as terrible as I thought. I gifted these to Little Sister who started all this insanity in the first place. I bet her feet turn burgundy.


  1. Wow the skein ended up amazing I THINK

  2. I agree with Kathy. I love how your crazy skein turned out!

  3. I hate it when dye won't stop bleeding - for some reason, reds and yellows tend to be the worst.
    I think the end result is pretty cool though - even if it's not at all what you intended!