First off and mostly unrelated to this post’s title, I have a couple finished objects already to show you this week. The first is my Be Simple Shawl. It turned out really well actually, I was a bit worried that the yarn would be too much for a while but now that it is finished I actually quite like it.
I also made myself a pair of slippers this week as I had been wanting something to keep my feet warm around the house at night that wasn’t socks. I just made these up as I went along with the idea of the garter foot with stockinette toe that I have seen around on the internet lately. I really like these actually, they are maybe a bit big, but very comfortable and warm. I made these out of some super bulky wool yarn that had been in my stash for so long that I have no idea what it is but was great to use for something finally but I am thinking that I want to make a pair of these out of worsted weight soon as well.
I have been working on my Amethyst Feathers shawl today and yesterday as I am trying to finish up all of my works in progress right now. But it has been leaking dye all over my fingers like mad, now on its own this wouldn’t really annoy me that much but the Be Simple Shawl had that same problem, and the yarn I used for my Campside Shawl as well, not to mention a large number of my pairs of socks. It just feels like almost everything I have knit with this year has dye leakage problems. These are my fingers after knitting for a couple of hours today, (they got worse by the end of the night and are still that colour even after multiple washes). I also think its so strange that they’re a raspberry colour because the yarn isn’t really that colour at all.
And here are some pictures of socks that I am washing tonight and that I have to wash individually because they let off so much dye (these aren’t the only pairs, just the ones I am washing right now). This pair is only on the first wash (I had a hunch) so maybe it will get better yet.
This pair however, has been washed many times already and shouldn’t really be leaking dye at this point (it doesn’t seem to affect the colour of the socks somehow though so its not the end of the world).
I’m just so sick of always having the dye from the yarn getting on my hands so I look strange, and of having to be careful of how I wash things but not because of felting them. I’m almost considering pre-washing my yarn before I knit with it to try and eliminate the dyed fingers problem but I’m wondering if that’s a bit overkill since maybe it’s just chance that the last few yarns I have used have this problem.