This is a sample of Cascade 220, a 100% wool yarn, the first yarn commercially produced that gives a living wage to the sheep herders of Peru. It’s lusciously soft, and Mr. TF and I picked up about 10 skeins of this yarn in the above ghastly color at a closeout sale for a killer price. This yarn is NOT cheap, but I got it all for I think $30 or some ridiculously low price. The color of course is the problem. I kept thinking I would find a project I could live with the color in; I did end up making a shawl that I gave away but I still had multiple skeins of this left over.
Several months ago I got some Wilton’s cake dyes from another person on Ravelry; she was having a baby and wouldn’t have time to play with dyes for a while and didn’t want to see them go to waste. I got like 20 colors for a very reasonable price and thought that if they didn’t work out, I wasn’t out very much money. Last night I finally made the connection….ugly yarn, non-toxic dyes…why not? I already hate it, it can’t get any worse. So I over dyed it.
And above is the result. Now this I can live with! I used four colors and eye droppers to soak the yarn. In places, it didn’t completely cover the grey, but instead of being ugly it looks like it’s part of the design of the yarn. I can’t wait to make something with this!