Time To Call In A Professional

After evaluating the state of my WIPs, I decided to join Shannon‘s NaKniSweMo KAL (link to Ravelry).  But first, I’m determined to finish my Sabine sweater which only needs one more sleeve and then a blocking prayer.


I wasn’t really sure what to knit for NaKniSweMo, but Cheryl’s new cardigan planted a seed.  I really want to use stash yarn, though, but couldn’t find anything suitable.

Until . . .

I dug deep into the recesses of the craft room closet and found this . . . .


Sorry, I should have told you to shield your eyes.

What is it? It’s a full hank of Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool in an eye searing green. The yarn is great, the color . . . well . . . not so much.  So I called in a professional.

I took Anne’s advice and first dyed the skein dark green with some Cushing dye.  Then I overdyed it with chestnut brown Jacquard dye.  The result?


Awesome.  It’s a great color with lots of depth from the lowlights and the highlights.

Now that’s change you really can believe in.

26 Responses to “Time To Call In A Professional”

  1. Carole on 04 Nov 2008 at 5:38 am

    Wow that’s quite a change in color. Why did you ever buy that green anyway?

  2. vanessa on 04 Nov 2008 at 6:06 am

    talk about a total triumph!

  3. Anne on 04 Nov 2008 at 6:48 am

    That came out great! I’m glad my advice (sorta long-distance, or at least not in person!) worked okay for you.

  4. Heather Joins The Round on 04 Nov 2008 at 7:32 am

    That is just lovely, Susan!

  5. Kathy on 04 Nov 2008 at 7:46 am


  6. margene on 04 Nov 2008 at 7:55 am

    You and Anne work well together. It’s a great color for that sweater, too.

  7. Diane on 04 Nov 2008 at 8:14 am

    That yarn must have been easy to locate in your stash …. just follow the green glow of color.

  8. Cayenne on 04 Nov 2008 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful dying job. Wow.

  9. Michelle on 04 Nov 2008 at 8:37 am

    Ok at the risk of going against popular opinion, I really liked the old green!

    The new one is great too :)

  10. Cheryl S. on 04 Nov 2008 at 9:24 am

    Yikes! You’re right – you should have warned us. But the new color is absolutely gorgeous, and it will be fabulous for that cardi.

  11. Geek Knitter on 04 Nov 2008 at 9:32 am

    GAH! My eyes, my eyes!

  12. Dianne on 04 Nov 2008 at 9:56 am

    Great color!!! Amazing at what one can do with the proper know how..I much prefer the new color..

  13. Imbrium on 04 Nov 2008 at 10:11 am


    It’s not even that the first green was -bad-…it’s just that I couldn’t imagine wearing a whole article of clothing in that color. The overdyed color, however…perfect.

  14. Joy on 04 Nov 2008 at 11:34 am

    Love the new color – huge improvement!

  15. gayle on 04 Nov 2008 at 11:50 am

    That is going to be the perfect sweater! What a luscious color!
    And, much as I like green, I am SO glad you overdyed the bright…

  16. Kate/Massachusetts on 04 Nov 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Susan, that yarn is stunning! I really love the color. Good job!

  17. Danielle on 04 Nov 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I love the new color, great job on it…but i think i need to go against most people and say i LOVE the old green :-) I kid you not, my car just got painted that color 2 weeks ago :-)

  18. Beth on 04 Nov 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I love the new color – it’ll make a beautiful sweater.

  19. Jan on 04 Nov 2008 at 4:28 pm

    That is truly transformative and beautiful. It will make a lovely cardigan with a soft and gentle warmth.

  20. Johann on 04 Nov 2008 at 5:07 pm

    The dyeing was masterful and produced beautiful results.

    Now you won’t be kept awake if that yarn is in the same room with you.

  21. Laurie on 04 Nov 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I can barely believe that transformation was possible. Stunning.

    The previous color? “It’s poison, I tell you, poison.” (Young George, It’s a Wonderful Life, to the apothecary, Mr. Gower.)

  22. Ba on 04 Nov 2008 at 6:46 pm


    I thought the original color was wonderful……


  23. Wanda on 04 Nov 2008 at 10:04 pm

    The overdye looks great. Definitely more wearable!

  24. AmyP on 05 Nov 2008 at 8:27 am

    Yeah, I think you should have warned us about that colour first! I’ll be seeing green for the rest of the day! Good call by Anne on the overdying.

  25. Jane on 07 Nov 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, that was quite a transformation. The color is lovely. I’m looking forward to seeing the sweater.

  26. Norma on 09 Nov 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Lovely transformation! I had somehow missed that FO of Cheryl’s, too, and I love it. I’m finding that I just LOVE those Drops patterns!