Bloomin’ Yarn!

After my yarn dried out, I had this lovely mess to wind into a skein:

It wasn’t as bad as it seems. I did a good job binding the subskeins and keeping them sorted. And I marked the “top” end so I was able to lay it all out and rewind it with a minimum of fuss. First I wound it into a ball because my ball winder made for convenient storage as I sorted out small bits of yarn vomit. Then I used a PVC niddy noddy to make it into this:

And a close-up:

I mailed it off to my swap buddy yesterday morning. I’m guessing she’ll get it tomorrow. It does stripe, and I believe that I wound it without errors, but the proof’s in the knitting. For those who don’t want to wait to see what it might look like, you can see the prototype I based my calculations on by clicking here.

The only thing I didn’t count on with all my copious planning was to see how the yarn would change after it was dyed. I bought fingering weight yarn to dye, but it bloomed quite a bit and almost looked worsted weight. On the one hand, I didn’t expect this, because I haven’t seen any change with the Knit Picks yarn I used to practice with. On the other hand, I’ve made and washed plenty of gauge swatches. I just didn’t even think about it.

So, I have one other skein to dye up for something else. It’s been sitting in a ziplock of water waiting for me to get a few free moments. But I worked 13.5 hours today, so all I could do when I got home was eat and watch some TV. I knit a few rows on Mermaid, but now I’m overcompensating and my gauge is really loose. I’ll have to knit a few more rows and see how it sits with me.


  1. Chris:

    It turned out SOOO beautifully. I love it! Lucky, lucky dye pal.

    I’m going with dreamhost now. :)

  2. Stacey:

    I really like those colors together! I can’t wait to see how it knits up (Hopefully she will post a picture!)

  3. Julie:


    I’m in awe of your yarn dying - I’ve not been brave enough to try it myself yet, but you sure do make it look easy, well, sort of, :-) .

    Sorry you haven’t gotten my emails - a package will be headed to you later next week!

  4. Frarochvia:

    Love it!

  5. rhelynn:

    that is a great skein of yarn! Thanks for showing it all separated as well - gives the next picture such great effect!

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