Friday, March 25, 2011

Just to make sure!

Last week I posted about the partial success with the Kentucky Cardinal, and how there was just the slightest tinge of pink around the natural edges.  I would not be able to market that!  So I have made the decision to pretreat all reds and blues with a salt bath.

The first 1/2 lb cone of 8/4 cotton, I used the warping board and made a 2 yard skein.  It took about 30 minutes, since I had to split it into 2 skeins, plus my arm got tired!  I got smarter after that and pulled out the swift!  It only takes about 10 minutes per cone to wind and tie it off.  I think I can live with that.

Into the salt bath it goes.  There is 1 1/2 cups of salt in this dishpan of cool water.  I let it sit for about 3 hours.  There was not any dye in the water at all!  I then rinsed it and hung it to dry.

There was no damage to the yarn at all, it looked almost as good as it did when it came off the cone.  I began winding more skeins in odd moments during the day.  I finished the Kentucky Cardinal and also the Dubonnet. ( I have 3 dishpans that I am using so it really goes pretty fast.  I either put them in first thing in the morning and then rinse later on in the day, or even put them in to soak in the evening and rinse the next morning.  Pretty low key really.)

Once again there was no dye release whatever in any of the salt baths.  After the rinse, here they are set to dry.  I think I am going to like seeing all these skeins of pretreated yarn hanging around my studio!

This week, I hope to finish the odd cones of Red and the 2 remaining Copper cones, and then start on the Smokey Blue.  I may do some of the darker blues, but I think that the Parakeet has behaved quite nicely, so I may not pretreat it.  I wont do the greens or any of the other colors unless I am forced to by unfortunate results.

Today I thought of another reason to pretreat the colors, and that is that I will use alot less salt because I am only treating less than half of the fabric!

Well that is it for today's post,

 Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina


Carol said...

Looks like you have it down to a science!! I think you'll be happy with the results!
They are going to look awesome!

Smokymist Gardens said...

I loved reading this. We were at the fiber festival in Townsend, and you took a picture of myself, my daughter and my son weaving with our straws. You had said you were going to post the picture to prove men do weave. We've checked your blog everyday , as I really would love to see that picture. Can you email it to me ?

Thank you !

Tina J said...

That would have been Lou Ann, I will put a bug in her ear! Thanks for stopping by!

LA said...

I'm going to post that picture in the morning when I blog!!!! DO weave! And, Tina, I think you have solved your problem! That is such great news!

Bonnie said...

I am glad that you have figured this out. Lets hope that it works in the finished products.