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To Reskein after Dyeing?

January 23, 2018

I often debate whether I should reskein my skeins after they have been dyed.  Basically, what this entails is taking a dyed skein of wool and rewinding it.  


Take a look at the two examples below. The skeins on the left have blocks of colour and give you an idea of how the dye was applied.  


The two skeins on the right were rewound and the overall look of the skeins is completely changed.  You'd never know it was the same skein and in fact, I've had customers argue this with me.


Example 1

 Example 2


The Pros...


The pros of reskeining are that it can tidy up your skein which can become a little messy in the dye process. 


As it redistributes the colour some people argue you get a more accurate portrayal of the dominant colour and therefore a better idea of how the individual colours in the skein will look when knit / crocheted. 


...and Cons


The cons of reskeining are that it is very time consuming for a one-man band, particularly when in most cases there is no need for it.


Some people argue that it makes it difficult to work out how the dye was applied.  Some people like to see how much of each colour was used and how often the colour breaks are. 


What we do


I only reskein a dyed skein if it has become messy during the dye process.  A skein can become a little tangled during the dye process for a number of reasons; it could be due to the ties coming loose or just the movement of the wool in the dye pot.


The main reason for this is that as a one-woman band I simply don't have the time to reskein every single dyed skein. 


I will sometimes create a swatch so customers can see how it knits up. 


What are your thoughts on this?


I'd love to hear from you as to what your preference is.  














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