Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Guess what?

After a lace yarn hiatus, the Yarnarian is back to dyeing sock yarn. She loves to dye sock yarn, and the skeins seem so skinny after the humongous Kona skeins. Yep, she's still dyeing Kona for Mystery Shawl 9 (so don't panic, my shawl knitters), but the initial craziness is calming down, and she's back to sock yarn.

AND, a delicious new yarn called Bambi: 70% superwash merino, 20% bamboo, and 10% nylon. 115 grams and approx 460 yards. I know, it's a dopey name, but all the other good bamboo names were taken. So Bambi it is. It's soft and silky, a teeny bit slippery so you might want bamboo or wooden needles. I did fine on my normal needles but went down a size to 2.25mm just to tighten it up a bit.

Bamboo doesn't take acid dyes, so that component of the yarn isn't dyed and that results in a soft glowing yarn. Nope, it doesn't look as if you have white spots. It feels a bit like silk, but is much, much cheaper. And you can throw it into the washer.

Here's what it looks like. Photographs can't do it justice. Click on the first picture to get a really good idea of it.

Speaking of washing machines, please hand wash indie-dyed sock yarn for the first time you wash your socks, especially if the yarn is red or has lots of green. For some reason, excess red and green want to come off in the wash. Yes, we rinse and rinse and rinse, but the excess dye is still there. No, it's not bright red or green, but a faint tinge in the water. So just to be sure, the first time you wash your socks, do it by hand.

Sharon - that ethereal look is due to the bamboo not taking the color. Neat, huh?

Ruthie - It is indeed the palest tones of violet and lilac. The pic doewn't do it justice. But then, it never does.


Sharon said...

The yarn is a lovely, almost ethereal color. Beautiful.

ruth in NJ said...

This stuff looks absolutely gorgeous! And, of course it's the correct color!!


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