exhausted dye baths

after effects of dyeing roving :)

the super squishy merino from here (i did keep some white and i do have some to dye brighter)

exhausting dye baths

a skein of wool (probably green mountain spinnery) from flo and some local farm wool

exhausting dye baths

the rest of the beloved recycled shetland sweater

exhausting dye baths

and a new sweater i’ve been frogging

exhausting dye baths

just a few notes in case you’re interested. exhausting a dye bath is making sure that all of the dye is used up before i put it down the drain. you never know what will effect the earth and water supply and i’d much rather use it as dye anyhow. this also fills a gap in the stash. i generally don’t like the selection of pastels at yarn stores, and i’m unlikely to buy a single pastel skein unless i really think i need it right then. but, they are necessary to my color palette and i never get as good of pastels trying to dye them as i do when exhausting dye baths. it all works out quite nicely :) i especially love the yellows this time – very springy – and likely to be made into mitts shortly.

4 thoughts on “exhausted dye baths

  1. you really do dye amazing colors…and you also photograph them supremely well! i love the turquoisey blue-green skeins the best and also that strong yellow…i also just wanted to say thanks for the sweater recycling inspiration, i just unraveled one the past two evenings and it’s SO satisfying. I have so far only recycled 3 sweaters in this way so far, and all 3 have been of yarn that was not so much plyed as just several thin strands held together. is this normal for commercially knitted garments? so far my experience with knitting with them was okay, especially after (somewhat aggressively) washing them. (the strands barely felted/stuck together.) Any ways, i’ll just keep unraveling and learn as i go! thanks for the inspiration!

  2. My water is always clear when I take out the fiber. I’ve never had to put something else in the pot. I wonder if there is a difference in the types of dyes we use.

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