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Salmon-hued socks, hand-dyed by me
Completed in June 2012


I purchased this undyed sock yarn from Yarn Undyed, this time last year, at the fabled Woolfest up in the Scottish Lake District. Woolfest is such big fun!

I hand-dyed the hank with my favorite Jacquard brand acid dyes. I basically dyed half the hank in a heavy salmon. Then I dumped out half of the dye bath, diluted it further with water, added more vinegar, then dyed the second half of the hank in the lighter salmon shade.

The colorway turned out alright, but I'm not in love. I was, at least, hoping for some wicked pooling, to wake me up from the monotony that is the stockinette stitch.

Next time I dye, I'm going to unwind the undyed hank and rewind it so that the hank is quite long and cumbersome. (You know how I like tedious projects.) I would like to see the effect of, say, a single color run of six foot. I am thinking that might make for a good one-inch block of color on a sock. We shall see.

The fiber content of this sock yarn is 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon for strength.

I really liked knitting with this yarn. I will buy it again. Beware, though, it's a tad heavier than your everyday sock yarn.

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