Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

I was determined to dye the rest of the warp yarn I so desperately needed.  To dye it this week.  An impossible week.  I finally decided on today—Wednesday.

I got up at 7—my usual time—but I cut my morning yoga very short. I also did not do anything with my hair…… I was dressed, breakfasted, and at the dyeing by 8:00.

Dyepots birdeye view To make life easier this morning, I had done a lot of preparation the night before.  The most time-consuming was to make the four individual dye solutions so that they would be ready to pour in the dye pots when the time came.  I also got all my equipment and supplies out, put water in the stock pots that would hold the dyeing jars, and put the skeins of yarn in a solution of hot water and Synthrapol to soak overnight.

I was finished a little before 11:00.  I could get on with the rest of my life.

One odd thing I noticed.  The yarn I was dyeing the deep reddish-greenish color for the warp looked gray in the dye pot for at least 30 minutes.  I worried a bit.  I needn’t have.  Sometime later it was the color it was supposed to be.  But this was a curious phenomenon.

Related Post:  My Warping Board Eats Yarn

Rising Early to Dye” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on February 10, 2010. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.


PattyAnne said...

Hi Peg,

I have an off topic question. I want to weave a baby blanket. I'm a new weaver. Will be using my Mighty wolf. Have 8, 10 and 12 dent reeds. What structure and yarn would you suggest? Would a waffle weave be nice? If so, can you PLEASE give me a little direction.

PattyAnne (also from SC)

Shani Phethean-Hubble said...

inspirational as always, love your pans and know what you mean about worrying about colour...

hugs and hope you are keeping well.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Patty Anne, yes, the question is off topic and Ii know nothing about weaving baby blankets. I believe Interweave has some publications (including downloadable ones?) that address baby blankets. Check out the big Yahoo weaving list. You can ask questions like this there and you can always check their earlier posts of information on the subject.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Shani, thank you! Yes, I am keeping well and we don't have all the snow that other states near us are getting. Though we are anticipating 1"-3" tonight which, for South Carolina, will be a major snow event.

Anonymous said...

Re: showing gray in the dyebath. Karren Brito says (p. 43) in her SHIBORI, "These dyes are composed of large molecules and therefore diffuse slowly and have a slow strike rate." The slow strike would account for the gray, or lack of color, that you saw for 30 minutes or so methinks.

--Sue in MA

Peg in South Carolina said...

Thank you Sue. I knew there was some kind of explanation, just wasn't sure what it was.