The ability to dye fiber is important for any fiber enthusiast! It opens up so many opportunities … like buying great sale yarns in colors you don’t like to take home and overdye! For example … I was surprised when on a visit to my daughter she asked me to knit her a sweater out of a color that could be described as Glowing Gatorade Green or maybe Neon Kermit. I thought it hideous, but she was insistent as only a teen can be. So I bought several skeins and quickly finished the sweater. At a total loss for button ideas, I called Webster’s (www.yarnatwebsters.com), a long-time favorite yarn store of mine and explained my dilemma. (I was living in a small town with no yarn stores.) The great folks at Webster’s mailed me several beautiful abalone shell checked buttons. I sent the finished sweater (which I thought looked a bit as though Kermit had shed his skin) adorned with the marvelous buttons to my daughter. On my next visit she announced she no longer liked the sweater and gave it to me. Despite the fact that I customized the sweater to her exact specifications, this was fine with me. The yarn was wonderful; it was just the color I didn’t like. So I removed the buttons, immersed the sweater in a black dye bath, reattached the buttons, and lo and behold, I had a beautiful sweater! Later when my daughter saw me wearing it, she recognized the buttons and asked for it back. Nope, and I still have it!
So I guess the lesson I learned from this is if you’re knitting a sweater from a good yarn in a hideous color selected by a loved one, keep your comments to yourself and knit it. There’s a good chance you can get it back, and then you can overdye it!