At the Burrow DyeTable # 2: Long, Long Pot of Poke
My friend Laura came over to share in the fun of this dyepot. I figured, while it’s still giving, might as well keep sharing. She opted to bring some superwash skeins, which is cool, because I was curious how they’d take up the dye. For the second exhaust bath, I opted to follow the exact same procedure as in the first dyebath with one exception: After the 2 hour simmer, I left the skeins in the dyebath—for 2 days. I thought it might help with fastness since the amount of dye in the pot is lessening with each exhaust. During this time, the weather went from 80-some degrees to 30-some degrees! Way to go, crazyass Missouri weather. Pulling those skeins out of the dyebath was cold! I let them hang out in the chilly air for several hours, and then I brought them inside to rinse. For all of these pokeberry dyepots, I rinsed in a bucket of water with a dash of vinegar because my water is alkaline at pH 8.8, and I was afraid of that effecting the colour. No soap or even Soak or Eucalan. Rinsed until the water ran clear (or I ran out of patience).
Here are the results from the second exhaust bath (which is the third overall use of this dyepot): Notice how much darker the two skeins on the left are. They are both superwash. The third skein over is a mohair boucle, and the rightermost (yeah, i just said that) is more Mountain Meadows Cody wool. That boucle’s got some shine on it. On a technical note, it’s really hard to photograph these colours accurately. I’ve tried to get them as true as possible, but it took some doing.
I think that it’s interesting that we’ve moved from plums and raspberries to peachy-salmon tones. I expected the colours to stay more in the same colour family and to just get lighter and lighter. I did not expect it to jump to a totally different hue. Now I’m wondering what I’ll do with them. Oh, no! I’ve got to look at patterns! Lolz. I’ve got to prepare for a kid’s class that I’m teaching on Wednesday, and I need my pot back. But I’m tempted to do just one more before I let this one go. We’ll see. Until then,
Live happy, dye happy!