I couldn't help myself - again! whenever I dye, I just can't resist throwing fibres or yarn in as long as the liquid shows even the slightest bit of leftover colour! I have had many skeins with barely any dye on them, but there's nothing to loose - it's easy enough to overdye again! same with the poison green - but this time I didn't add a skein; I put in a ball of sock wool. the idea was to wind two threads of the sockwool into one flat ball - which I'd then dye to achieve two very similar socks in the end. this ball was quite tightly wound - but it took the colour beautifully. I was pretty sure that the colour wouldn't penetrate fully, but I didn't think about the fact that of course the middle (where the cone of the ballwinder sits) would be loose enough to dye evenly.
this is the result - a strong green, nearly as strong as the first batch.
obviously the lighter part is outside now, together with the patches from top and bottom, where the dye attached well.
I then sat the ball into half a pot of blue leftover dye, turned it over after half an hour and put the undyed half into purple dye. I figured 3 dye sessions should be enough for one skein - but I couldn't wait until the ball was dry (this takes extremely long!), so I wound the damp ball into a skein and hung it up outside. the dyes aren't spread evenly, on one end there's a lot of strong green, on the other end is more blue and purple - and the patches are spread out all over. but I still like the colour - now I just had to separate the threads!
this is not the fun part! of course when winding the two threads into a ball, the threads wound around each other, which meant that I had to unwind them again when making the separate balls! grrrhhh.... be warned, if you try this, you'll need a lot of patience! of course you could just start knitting with one thread and keep winding on the other - you still have to separate, but the annoyance factor might be lower during knitting:))
tada - the end result! two pretty identical balls of sock wool - each enough for one sock! I have to finish another slouch sock first (1/2 way finished), but I am looking forward to how the colours will look when knitted.
now - in my eagerness to dye a lot of sockwool - I made 3 more "double balls" like this - which I want to dye - and have to separate after doing so:)) if you hear funny sounds, that'll be me gnashing my teeth in the process.....