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May 24, 2007

Is This Yarn Ugly?

My sock yarn came in the mail the other day, and for some reason, it underwhelms me. So, for some reason, I decided to try my hand at dyeing my own. I had a skein of KnitPicks Bare, and some Wilton food dye I picked up for the occasion. I read an article about dyeing yarn on Knitty, and got started. Some things I learned from this process:

1. It's probably best to stay far, far away from colors that have the potential to make brown on your first foray into dyeing. For awhile there, I had a bit of a brown thing going, but carefully averted it all by overdyeing into purple.

2. The more dye you use, the more intense the colors will be. I think it's going to take awhile for this lesson to sink in--I wasn't going for such deep colors.

3. Even when things don't work out, well, they might still work out. This yarn is NOT for my sock pal, but I think it's making a fine enough pair of socks for me.

my first sock yarn.jpg
Is this yarn ugly? I thought so at first, but I'm starting to warm up to it. It's like a berry compote explosion!

In other sock yarn news, my sock yarn really did arrive. I've neglected to post a picture until now because we misplaced the camera in the move. Sorry for the quality--it's the best I could do under the circumstances:

sock yarn choices
They are Great Adirondack Silky Sock in colorways Balsalm and Deep Blue Sea. I picked the Balsalm initially because my sock pal likes oranges and greens, but right now, I'm thinking it's not going to work well with Baudelaire. I'm leaning toward the Deep Blue Sea, but I'm also thinking about scraping it all and ordering some Socks That Rock Midsummers Night, Jade, or Rose Quartz.

What do you think?

Posted by chri1010 at May 24, 2007 10:29 PM | Because knitting rocks my socks!


I like the dyed yarn! It does look like a berry compote! Yum!

Posted by: Robyn Swords at May 24, 2007 11:04 PM

The Wilton dyes are more powerful than the average household dyes (well, at least more powerful than the McCormack liquid food coloring and KoolAid). It's really easy to put a lot more in there than you intended.

Your result looks great! I can see the bits of brown, so it reminds me less of the berry compote and more of one of the 'scrambled' berry pies (see the bits of pie crust sticking out). Definitely looks like tasty food!

Posted by: Seanna Lea at May 25, 2007 4:45 AM

I really like the flashes of bright green and white. It makes it interesting.

Posted by: Jennifer at May 25, 2007 8:11 AM

The color is beautifull, it remainds me winter evenings, when a shade of red can be seen on horizon, when sun is setting down. Its really peacefull combination what you got there.
I like it.

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