after spending an hour winding an incredibly tangled hank of sock yarn (with NO BREAKS) that I dyed over the weekend you'd think the ease of a knit picks sock blank would send me over the moon....and before winding it did!
now I confess....I dyed it twice. The first time I did pink, brown and aqua. the brown dissapeared leaving me with 1/3 blue, 1/4th pink, and the rest all groady....so i overdyed the fucker with burgundy and it came out gorgeous. the blue parts turned into a dark indigo, the pink into bright red and the gross into a deep burgundy. I was happy. during the dying process it didn't get tangled, was easy to turn over, a wiz to hang, everything was good. I didn't look at it in horor like I did the normal sock yarn hank.
then i started winding it. my colour was properly set and rich when it was in the blank but when I unwound it inside every loop was a white spot. Now, had I known this I would've dyed the whole thing aqua or some pastel colour...the white variance might've looked cool....but despite my efforts to like it I looked at the balls and realized I had made the worlds most patriotic yarn. Uh......no.
So I wound each ball into a hank and overdyed THAT purple and blue. Now it looks like I have 2 beautiful hanks of yarn and, happily, 2 different hanks. (400 yards of one thing is a lot for me because I don't need that much for 1 pair of socks) After 3 tries at dying I finally have a nice yarn but I don't think the hassel of dying it twice to get a good result (once knitted and once skeined) is really worth it. So if you want to use dark colours or don't want a white-mottled effect I would not reccomend the sock blanks. It was a good idea in theory......but in practice? not so much.
- knit picks sock blank......good idea......bad results