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September 30, 2006

Dye Another Disappointment

Wes has the camera so you'll have to visualize this one. I soaked my merino superwash top last night. Put it in the crockpot. Painted it with a very pretty maroon and mauve with little dots of violet. I left a lot of white going for the Sock Hop look. I cooked it on high for three hours. At that point the magenta had migrated a little bit and had turned the white areas pinkish. I let it cool over night in the crockpot. This morning I took it out and rinsed it. The colors all separated into their constituent parts. I now have pinkish roving with dots of violets and large sections of black, yellow and magenta. Bah! Why does dye hate me? Anyone have this problem? I am using Mother Mackenzie's dyes with vinegar in my dye bath. I'll post photos on Monday if I can stomach it.

Updated: I meant to say that the colors separated out overnight which I noticed when I rinsed it. The dye had exhausted and the rinse water was clear.