glutten for punishment

dyeing silk

All weekend, I worked on, played with, the silk yarn.  Aside from it being a freaking pain in the butt to work with, I've actually actually enjoyed following the weird path of this mystery yarn.  Thing is, when it's done, it's BEAUTIFUL!  Silk is like nothing else.  I still can't get past the fact that it starts out a grey khaki color, then a bleeds dark coffee,  then oceans of dark blue, and then finally, after about 3 hours of washing, simmering, rinsing, re-rinsing, and umpteen sessions of untangling, it ends up again, a light grey beigy color.  Incredible.  And yet, I can't not do all those steps.  Sooner or later, it would have to be washed, and then......YUCK!  Somebody would be dealing with it, and it wouldn't make anyone happy.  SO.
I dyed three colorways.  Here are two. 




It was worth the effort. Beautiful stuff.

All that you did to make it beautiful worked to perfection! It's so luscious in color, texture and sheen!

oooh, it was worth the work, I'd say, lovely!

Wow. I really appreciated your post about the silk *before* you washed it, but to see it after all that is utterly breathtaking!


Breathtaking is definitely the right word for it!!

Gorgeous! So worth all the work.

Interesting process. I keep wondering about the blue washout. The results are stunning.

Those are absolutely stunning. Wow. I'm not sure I've ever knit with 100% silk, but those colors are making me want to try it...!

Oh! That orange! It's really gorgeous, Judy.

Oooo, beautiful!

What an incredible green! Just beautiful!

My god, they're luminous. Absolutely stunning.

I am totally in love with that greeny, mossy, lichen-ish color. As usual, your colors are beautiful. It would make a gorgeous Creatures of the Reef shawl.

Oh, wow . . . SO gorgeous!

That russet-y shade is to die for. Oh my heavens!

Judy! They're so beautiful! I've been wanting to do a lacey something in pure silk.... hmmmm

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