WARNING! Pictures of people dying! 🙂
Today Lisa hosted a sock blank dying party. For those of you new to this (as most of us were), sock blanks are preknit rectangles of undyed sock yarn that you use as a canvas to make any color sock yarn your heart desires. Colorful stripes, polka dots, zig zags, the choices are endless. Then once you’re done, you unravel the rectangle and knit socks with that yarn. And since the preknit sock blank is knit with 2 strands of yarn together, you get 2 identical socks (hopefully)! As you can see below, some of us got really creative. The most interesting thing will be seeing how the yarn knits up into socks. The striped blanks will most likely knit up striped, but the zig zag and polka dot ones are a mystery to me. I’m just dying to get started knitting my sock blank into socks, but I have to wait until I’m done working on the design for JCA yarns…
I was going to write commentary for each picture, but there are more than 20 pictures. I’m just too lazy. If you have any Q’s about a picture, leave me a comment!
Skip to the very end for Susan’s tips on what to do and what not to do when dying your own sock blanks.
Tips for hosting your own sock dying party:
1. The ends of the sock blanks are not finished off, so there are live stitches that do unravel. So I suggest you secure them by running a length of yarn through these live sts.
2. If you soak the blanks in the washer and spin them dry, you run into some potential problems. The blanks will unravel unless you secure the ends. We had 11 blanks and all the ends wound into a huge knot in the spin cycle.
3. Additionally, the spin cycle makes the blanks too dry. They need to be slightly wet when applying the dye, otherwise the dye sits nicely on top of the yarn but doesn’t soak into it. If the yarn is wet enough (not dripping wet, mind you) the dye will be quickly wicked into the yarn and distributed more evenly.
4. We used the Jacquard dye from Knit Picks. If you’re outside like we were, there’s really no need to wear a mask when mixing the dye. But I may have considered it if we were working inside.
5. The best squeeze bottles to use for the dye are hair dye bottles. The tip is narrow enough to help control the dye. You can get these bottles at beauty supply stores.
6. If anyone else has any tips they’d like to share, please leave a comment.
And a side note, you’ll notice Rebecca has a splint on her hand. Turns out the baseball she caught and dropped at the Stitch ‘N Pitch actually fractured her hand. And for this she didn’t even get to take the ball home as a trophy!