We’ll be moving into our new house in a few months, so I really shouldn’t be adding to my stash. That’s especially true considering I recently added punch needle rug making to my fiber arts repertoire thinking it would be a great way to use up stashed yarn! But how can a true fiber addict turn her back on a good sale?! That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. 🙂
The owner of Eugene Textile Center bought up the stock of a book store (!?) that went out of business. She displayed the yarns on the center’s back porch, offering them at a great sale price: US$4/lb. I bought four bags of Borgs Vävgarner rug yarn, each containing ten 100g skeins, of single ply, tightly spun Swedish rug yarn in a beautiful mossy-olive green, and about another 12 or so skeins of complementary colors.
The skeins felt what I would describe as “old” (I would hazard a guess of several decades old) and smelled dusty, so I decided to take advantage of a spurt of hot summer weather and wash them and let them dry on the back porch. I could fit 10 skeins at a time in a large enameled pot, so I scoured the yarn in batches. If you’ve never done this before, it’s quite simple. Here’s what I did:
- I filled the pot with cold water, added Eucalan soap, pushed the skeins into the pot, put on the lid and brought the water to a boil.
- Then I added some vinegar and simmered for 10 minutes.
- I next moved the skeins into a large colander waiting in the sink. There they dripped and cooled a bit.
- When cool enough to handle, I took the skeins to hang outside to drip and dry in the breeze and morning sunlight.
Be forewarned … this process may be a bit messy.
During this recent burst of yarn scouring, the pot boiled over several times; I slopped and dripped a lot of water from the pot onto the floor as I fished out skeins (dripping water on the stove and counter). I then set them in a very large bowl which I next walked to the sink (water dripping from the overhanging skeins) where I transferred the skeins into a large colander to drip and cool a bit before transferring them back to the very large bowl. I then walked through the house to the back door to the back porch.
Soon I won’t worry as much about the spillage. As we’re building a new house, I asked for a gas outlet on the covered back porch. In the future, I’ll be doing all my canning, yarn scouring and dyeing outside. I already bought a heavy duty, outdoor three-burner gas stove. (In the interim, however, this recent yarn-scouring frenzy reinforced my decision to NOT extend the hardwood flooring that will be throughout the new house into the kitchen.)
Thor and I have been working on designs for a rug that I will make in the punch needle method. The beautiful green wool rug yarn will be the main color. In my next blog post, I will share some of the designs we’ve been toying with.