On Giants' Shoulders

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Continuing Saga of the Purple Sweater

I finally acquired a new dye pot yesterday. The sun was shining today so I took that as a good omen and decided to embark on sweater dyeing. I figured that either I'd end up with a shrunken sweater, no real change, or perhaps some good results. I really got none of the above.

I poured dye solution onto the wet sweater right where the light spot was (per my daughter's suggestion). Then I poured enough dye solution into the sink with the sweater so that the whole sweater got additional dye. Then I wrapped the sweater in plastic wrap and steamed it on a rack in the dye pot for 20 minutes. It should have done the trick. NO SUCH LUCK!

I now have a purple sweater with a light line and reddish purple splotches in several places (not artistic ones either). This whole project has gone from bad to worse.

My next move tomorrow is to take some of my left over yarn and try over dyeing it with several different colors to see which one might overdye the sweater the best. Whether it will deal with the splotches or not I have no idea. Embroidery is beginning to look like an attractive option. Black or even navy blue is certainly a possibility at this point.



At 6:56 PM, Blogger Karen E. said...

Does it help to know that I wouldn't even ATTEMPT to dye a sweater?? :-)

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Liz said...

Well not really... I'm trying to work up my nerve to try again, but I've got to buy more plastic wrap first. I'm going to try one more go around with the mulberry and if that doesn't work I'll try another color (which will probably result in something like black in the end). At this point anything that is reasonably even will be an improvement over what I've got.

At least now I know that setting the color doesn't shrink the sweater.


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