Nice Yarn, Questionable Colors & Dye Baths

Several years ago I ordered several skeins of laceweight Shimmer (70% baby alpaca, 30% silk) from KnitPicks.  It was hand- and spaced-dyed purple, green and white.  When it arrived, I realized I didn’t like the color “in person” as much as I thought I would.  So into one of my stash bins they went.

Recently I pulled out the yarn and designed and knit these mitts (two threads, size 2 needle).  I didn’t really need these mitts for anything specific but knit them for three reasons:  (1) I like having little projects to work on when traveling, (2) I’m still trying to find a protein fiber that won’t bother the Itchy Musician, and (3) I wanted to actually write down a pattern for fingerless mitts for a friend I am teaching to knit so she could knit up my remaining skeins of Shimmer. 🙂

Finished, I realized I really still don’t really like the yarn colors.  Today my daughter tried on these mitts and asked if she could have them if they weren’t slated for anyone.  Sure, and I offered to overdye the color.  She seemed very pleased at that offer, so I figured she wasn’t thrilled about the color either.

Tonight I threw them into a purple dye bath.  Here’s a picture … I think I was a little heavy handed with the dye!

Oh, I tried on the mitts too, and I think Shimmer is a little too scratchy for the Itchy Musician.  So back to the drawing board.


About sweatyknitter

Fiber art devotee, author, and amateur artisan bread baker.
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