Ah! I have to admit, I think I’m officially DONE with nicely dyed sock yarns! They look so beautiful, but it’s deceiving…
Many of you know the experience I had with Fly Dyed yarns (the red was bleeding so terribly). The lady contacted me (she has the most amazing customer service I’ve ever seen, so I whole heartedly recommend her customer service…) with some instructions of what to do, but they didn’t work. Neither did further vinegar soaks, microwaves, hand washings, machine washings… nothing. And after contacting her again, she sent me a replacement skein and ANOTHER skein, so I had a new crimson and also a cranberry to try. While this crimson doesn’t bleed nearly as much, it still gets my hands pretty red while I knit with it. But the thing is, Fly dyed isn’t the only one.
Someone sent me this beaaaautiful Polar Sea Fleece Artist sock yarn, and it didn’t turn my hands blue when I knit with it… but it bleeds terribly when I wash it! I’ve done multiple hand washings, a machine washing, and two vinegar soak/microwave dealies… still bleeds! And even the YELLOW yarn I bought independently dyed off Etsy turned the water yellow when I hand washed it (though one hand washing is all it got, so it may have improved after multiple washings).
I mean, the beautifully dyed yarns are sooo beautiful. But it’s like, you have to worry so much about getting it on your hands when you knit, washing it - because not only does the bleeding make the sock fade TERRIBLY (the socks are a pretty different color after several washings than the original skeins…), you have to worry about it bleeding all over.
As much as I love the finer things in life and am willing to shell out for the “nicer” socks yarns, I have to admit that I probably will just stick to the most commercial yarns, like KnitPicks Essential, Universal Yarns Pace, and even Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. I know KnitPicks is like four bucks a ball - but at least it doesn’t bleed all over the place. I feel like I can trust most of their yarns…
Err. I’m just frustrated. I really wanted to get beautiful independent dyeds… but my experience is that those nicer yarns aren’t really any nicer. Just more expensive and bleed all over the place. They fade ridiculously and simply aren’t worth it for me.
Arrrrgh! I wanted to love them!