Friday, 25 May 2012
Nearly Instantaneous Sock Colours
It was more of an experimental evening rather than leader led program. The first skein I tried, I really wanted a bright green for bright green and black stripes. I got a nice green, although it wasn't nearly as bright as I'd wanted. I realized that I wasn't quite as prepared as I should have been. Although I did swatch, I didn't have my stripe calculations worked out and as the workshop leader used certain numbers as examples, in the rush , those numbers stuck in my head. As soon as I realized this, combined with my not quite bright enough green, my project changed to a colour wheel, which a single tertiary colour between the primaries. The stripes won't be quite wide enough for my liking, but they'll be fun and colourful socks none the less.
Painting the skeins was a lot of work. First winding the ridiculously long skein, which I did using my warping board and then laying it out on plastic wrap. Then applying the dye, wrapping it up, steaming it, letting it cool, unwrapping the skein, rinsing it and in my case cooking it as second time to finish the dye setting process. After all this is done, you have to put the long skein back on the warping board and wind it into regular skeins for aging (like fine wines some sock yarns are) or straight into cakes to use immediately. That winding took a long time as I had to unwind a few yards and then wind them up. In the end, my sweetie helped me which saved a lot of time. Note that the colourwheel skein is still in it's absurdly long state and not yet a normal skein.
A couple of hours in the evening for a project like this, when you haven't done it before isn't quite enough time and it really felt rushed toward the end of the evening. I've got a whole slew of ideas for future projects though, which is exciting and so totally what I don't need in the project queue. However the nice thing about dyeing is when other projects seem to weigh or bog down due to length, dyeing is pretty much an instantaneous gratification project and we all need those once in a while.