"Well, this sucks."
Dontcha just love it when something happens that gives you blog fodder? I know you do.
I'm innocently getting ready to do some thrummed mittens for a friend. Her request is for off-white mittens with sky-blue thrums. Well, thing number one I found out -- "sky blue" is a) very subjective to define, and b) maybe even more difficult to attain in my simple kitchen dyeing methods.
"Methods" is, of course, a very loosely-used term around here. I don't know if the color I got is sky blue. I think it sort of is, depending on the day and the sky.
But here's the weird part. See those things on that cookie sheet? They were all dyed under the same conditions in the same dyepot at the same time. Isn't that weird? The yarn is Cascade 220. I wanted to dye a little bit of it the same color as the thrums to use as an edge-tipping of color on the mitten cuffs. The roving in the middle is some of the same Montadale that I loved so dearly in my red mittens. See how it took the dye? It DIDN'T! Except if you hold it up to the light, it is the most amazing thing. It has taken it to the very slightest degree, so it looks like ice. It's quite awesome, actually, but totally unusable as anything blue. Just white. Almost super-white. And look at the pile of roving on the right. It is Icelandic lamb roving, first cutting, and look how nicely it took the dye! It's completely fortuitous that I chose to dye more than one kind. If I'd only tried the Montadale, I can envision me writing to my friend and saying, "I'm so sorry, but I can't make any roving blue." But there I have a whole pile of nice soft Icelandic lambswool to use, nicely colored.
That's all. Just reporting to you. Nothing deeper than that. Just the observation and no deep scientific talk, because, let's face it: I have no idea what the science is behind this, but I find it interesting nonetheless. It won't lead to world peace or anything, but it's kind of interesting. Isn't it?
P.S. I'll send a little something to the first person who correctly identifies where I got the quote at the top of this entry.