Monday, July 30, 2007

Wimple is Completed

The wimple is totally done. The pattern is from Knitting in America. There is a reprint called America Knits. I finished knitting it about a month ago but didn't have time to block it until now. All the while I was knitting this, it smelled like vinegar. It's 3 skeins of hand-dyed, superwash wool sock yarn called Wildfoote from Brown Sheep Co in the Ragtime colorway. So, before blocking it, I decided to wash it good with synthropal. It looked like had been cooking beets. Here's what I got.

I was still getting quite a bit of red. I was beginning to wonder if I would end up with a light pink wimple. So, I threw a glug of vinegar into the water, soaked it for an hour, wrapped it in plastic wrap, and nuked it in the microwave for 6 minutes. I figured if the dye wasn't set before, it was now. Well, here's the wash afterwards.

Hmmm. I finally threw it into the machine through 2 full cycles and the water finally ran clear. There must have been a lot of excess dye, because the color didn't change. I'm really surprised that my hands didn't turn red while I was knitting it. Anyway, I blocked it outside on some construction materials (rigid poly insulation)

Here's the finished product

(Note the lovely model in her nightgown at 3 am. who HATES getting her picture taken) I had to do a little steaming to flatten out the sides where it was folded in half. It worked pretty slick.


Abby Franquemont said...

Reds, and some blues, can be really bad that way, and shed dye even without losing any colour. Very very annoying! I love the wimple, it just came out beautiful.

Leigh said...

The wimple is great! I've just added it to my (long) "to knit" list. INteresting about the color. I think you did everything you could to set it. I'm not sure I would have been so patient.

Alpaca Granny said...

Your wimple is lovely. Before I looked I had no idea what a wimple is - something nunlike I thought. Well, and yes it is.

Monika said...

Oh, how beautiful this wimple is! I've got to make one, I love the look of these things!