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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I get dye with a little help from my friends.

A certain yarnpiggy of my acquaintance happened to have a dye pot I could borrow, and a free afternoon to lend me moral support. The mission: overdye the nasty colour changes in the Tuscany shawl, so I could finally wear it.

Before:


After:

Close up:


Things I have learned from this adventure:

1) following directions may have resulted in the colour I'd actually intended...but wouldn't have been nearly as much fun (and I love the midnight-blue that I ended up with!);

2) blocking sucks, which leads to #3;

3) I need blocking wires;

4) there are an astonishing number of ways to make bad plays on the word "dye"; and

5) cat hair doesn't take dye. You know, for future reference. In case I ever turn into that much of a crazy cat lady.

Thanks to all who sent happy thoughts! I think it worked.

7 comments:

yarnpiggy said...

That's a gorgeous, if somewhat unintended, outcome! :-)

Rebecca said...

Oh, that is lovely! I love dyeing - so much fun. And even more fun when you don't follow directions and don't know what the end result will be.

LizzieK8 said...

Cat hair probably does take dye...but you have to steam the cat.

It's a protein fiber just like wool, silk, angora, cashmere, human hair...

Sarah, Grand-Dutchess of Serendipity said...

That is gorgeous! Don't suppose you made yourself a back-up shawl your sweet little sister could borrow?

Anonymous said...

Excellent results - one would never know the two photos are of the same shawl.
Lisa in Toronto

Ari said...

It's beautiful! congrats!

Rabbitch said...

Apparently you're cheating on me.

Trollop.