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A couple of weeks ago I put some spinach on to simmer. It simmered and simmered, then I put it in a jar to sit overnight. The next morning I strained it and returned the spinach juice to the fridge (the rest went to the chickens) while I finished plying the 6 ounces of merino that I had spun. After Googling natural dyes and realizing that my spinach concoction wasn't going to be strong enough for the amount of yarn waiting I decided to see how much Kool-aid I could come up with.
Shown above, we have the result of several packages of grape with a package of cherry... then just to muddy it up, I added the spinach juice. This wasn't my first time dying but somehow I made a mess of things. Of course it had to happen when I had the most yarn in the dye-pot that I had ever had in at once. I was loving the color... a nice mulberry. Everything seemed fine until I was removing the water from the yarn and noticed that where the skeins were tied together I had apparently gotten a bit, shall we say, enthusiastic? I thought that I had tied loosely but I guess it wasn't loose enough. Two lovely mulberry skeins with white spots every 8 inches or so were the result. Not only that, but the fibers seemed to have (very lightly) felted.
Not one to cry over felted, spotty skeins, I put them out of sight until I could mentally handle the idea of handling them again. Today was the day. I mentioned here that I had purchased a new dye-pot. Today I took her out of her plastic wrap and gave her her first assignment. FIX MY MESS!
I found my Jacquard dyes and chose Chestnut for it's camouflaging possibilities. I tossed in the disgruntled skeins along with a recent small yardage from the spool.
I pressed out the water and this time... I think we're good! Right now the wet skeins are hanging from doorknobs in the kitchen and utility room and I think I can safely say I have saved them! I feel kinda like a heroine... can you be the heroine if you were the villain to start with? Hmm.