As Thor’s (belated) birthday sweater nears completion, I’ve started on another birthday sweater. Granddaughter F turns 6 years old in June and will have a sweater knit just for her.
During my recent stash sorting day I (re)discovered 550 grams of cream-colored Dale Garn’s “Falk” – a machine washable wool (50g/106m). Purchased some 20 years ago, I still had left over from my original Falk stash – a large portion of which I used to knit a poncho for Granddaughter F two years earlier.
(I frequently buy good yarn I like in cream or pale colors I don’t like – when it’s at a good price – knowing eventually I’ll drag out my dye pot – just as I did with the Falk for Granddaughter F’s sweater.)
While Thor was away for a week (I tend to monopolize the kitchen), I skeined the yarn, tossed the skeins into a big pot of water, brought the water to a rolling boil, added some soap, swished it around and then let it sit overnight. The next morning I fished the skeins out, rinsed them and let drain in a big colander in the sink.
Next, the skeins went into a dye pot I made up using Jacquard Acid Dye, color “Hot Fuchsia.” I used plain vinegar as the mordant. Once the dye was absorbed into the yarn, back into the colander the skeins went. After they cooled, I rinsed and drained them again, rolled them in a big towel and let sit overnight, and then hung them out to dry.
Granddaughter F – lover of every color pink – should be, as they say in the U.S., tickled pink! I hope she’ll like the sweater pattern too (Sirdar 2081). (Here’s the Ravelry link.)
Now I have to go find my graph paper. 🙂