More experimentally hand-dyed socks
Completed in September 2013

I purchased this undyed knitted sock "blank" (which is basically a factory-knitted scarf, knit with two strands together) from Knitpicks, which sells a much longer and narrower sock blank than other shops, such as the one I used here.

The sock blank was natural white. I then hand-dyed it with my favorite Jacquard brand acid dyes.

Some suggestions are thus: Soak the naked sock blank in white vinegar for one hour before approaching the dye bath.

Apply the dyes thoroughly to ensure saturation.

Gingerly wrap the wet sock blank in Saran wrap (or as the say in England: cling film). Zap it in the microwave till boiling, to set the colors.

Remove from the microwave and let cool slowly to room temperature.

Hand wash the heck out of it to remove any dye residue and vinegar.

Lay flat to dry completely. (This simple drying process required three days in London.)

Once dry, remove the waste yarn at the bottom of the sock blank. Now unravel the entire sock blank into two separate balls of wool.

Now you'll quickly notice that the two separate balls of wool are really, really kinked.

Since I can't tolerate knitting with the kinked yarn like that, I then wrap each ball around the back of a big chair, to form two separate hanks. (Oh how I wish I owned a niddy noddy!)

I then wash the heck out of these two separate hanks in order to remove all the kinks.

Let dry naturally. Then, wind the hanks into two separate cakes with a nice ball winder.

So see, working with a sock blank is a lot of work! It's always fun, though, to knit up your hand-dyed yarn to see how the knitting unfolds.

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