I have recently become addicted to hand dyed sock yarns (Who isn’t right?) so I decided to try to make some of my own. I got my bare yarn and dyes last night and proceeded to whip one out last night. I think the colors turned out really pretty but they bled a lot into each other. I was wondering if there was ay way to prevent this?
I soaked my yarn for about an hour, wrung it out and laid it out on saran wrap. I then painted it with foam brushes in short repeats(about 5-6 inches). I used purple, kelly green and chartruse. I then wrapped the saran up around the skein and steamed it. When I took it out the darker green had almost completely taken over the light green. Should I have tied the skein off between the colors to minimize the bleeding? I had to squish the skein a lot to get the dye to completely penetrate, but there was still a pretty good color definition before I steamed it.
I am looking to get short color repeats with little or no bleeding between colors.