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Archive for May 27th, 2004

Overdyeing Fun

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

I did it! I just did not like the socks (pair #91) I knit from mostly-white-with-confetti Regia yarn. I thought I’d grow to like them but white sox are white sox and I just can’t deal with it.

So this week when I was dyeing yarn, I dyed the sox also. I sort of scrunched them up although I did not tie them at all, and then I used a 2″ paintbrush to apply dye to just the outer layer of the scrunched sock.

I LOVE these sox! How cool is that? It took a bit of labor and it made my hands all turquoise, but I’m really glad I did it. (I could not find my rubber gloves anywhere that night… don’t worry, I went right out and bought another pair. I really don’t want to become sensitive to dyes on top of all the other things that I can’t tolerate these days.)

I also overdyed a pair of commercial legwarmers I bought at a Target store last fall. They were striped with Navy, heather medium gray, and natural. I overdyed these with a turquoise, but a solid rather than the mottled, tie-dyed look of the socks.

I was not confident this would work. The label for the legwarmers said: 25% Wool, 24% Acrylic, 22% Nylon, 17% Rabbit Hair, 11% Rayon, 1% Rubber. Well, Wool, Nylon and Rabbit Hair dye with my acid dyes. Acrylic and Rayon do not. if I got unlucky, the cream/natural stripe would be acrylic and rayon, and I would be unable to overdye them evenly, as planned.

Somehow I lucked out. The navy now just looks like a midnight blue, maybe slightly more green than before. The cream is now a soft sort of turquoise/teal. The gray is a tealish-gray, very nice. I’m extremely pleased. And since these are very finely knit on commercial machinery, I am guessing the legwarmers will be very wearable for a person like me who gets cold very easily.

Maria Elkins, Art Quilter

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

Maria Elkins is an art quilter I found online today. I love the “Always Establish Who is at Fault” quilt, but don’t stop there, follow the arrows and view her other quilts as well. Lovely work.