A Yarn Do-Over

Have you ever made or done something and then thought to yourself, “Hmm, That’s not what I was expecting. I don’t think I like it…”

I’m sure in one way or another this holds true for everyone. Question is, what do you do about it? Do you throw it in a corner and try to forget it exists? Or do you just decide to live with it and suffer in silence. Or do you give it a make over and hope for better results the second time around? I suppose it depends on the problem. I’ll admit I’ve probably handled it in each of the 3 ways mentioned, but most of the time I try to give myself a do-over.

Such is the case with some yarn I dyed for my post on Kool-Aid Dye. I used Cherry, Berry Blue, and Grape flavored Kool-Aid to dye some yarn. I found the result to be less than spectacular. The process worked just as it was supposed to. I just wasn’t happy with my color choices (maybe you loved it?).


Anyway, I had some leftover Hot Fuchsia from my post on Silk Scarf Dying and I thought to myself – Perfect!

So I submerged the skein into some water with added vinegar. The Hot Fuchsia is a  Jaquard Acid Dye and the vinegar is necessary to activate the dye. Then I put the yarn and dye water in my pot and heated it to just below the boiling point and kept it there for about 1/2 an hour.

I let it cool, rinsed it and voila! The perfect color!


I love it. And it just goes to show that in life or in yarn – you don’t have to settle.

By choosing to be pro active, you may be pleasantly surprised by the results. That’s it. That’s my philosophical statement for the day. I promise not to act like that too often. But you’ve got to admit, the yarn looks way better now!

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3 Responses to A Yarn Do-Over

  1. Judi M. says:

    Hello Dona – I like the overdyed yarn with fushia!
    Sometimes I think that I just haven’t come across the right project for the yarn I’m not happy with when I hold it and wonder why I spun this yarn. I was excited about the yarn when I was spinning it.

  2. marie says:

    I love it, the color is lovely

    I am looking at a basket of yarn with an unfinished Afghan. Started it for another time, just can’t get back into it. Ugh.

  3. Cindy says:

    Really beautiful!!