I soaked the yarn in plain warm water, and prepared my dyestock. This time I used 10 drops of the Americolor Super Black food colouring, and added my 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to the water. I let it sit and come up to temperature slowly, then added my citric acid mix. In total there were about 3 tablespoons, added one at a time, in probably 15-20 minute intervals. I really did not take good notes on this overdye because I was doing a few other things at the time. Will pay more attention next time.
The yarn and dye probably stayed on the stove for about 3 or 4 hours total. At one point, I had to leave to run an errand, so I turned the stove off, and then turned it back on when I got back, added the last of the tablespoons of acid mix, let it go for about another hour, and then turned it off
I let the water cool and exhaust completely, noticing that the blue took quite a long time to strike this time. But the water did come our fairly clear. In my defence, when you have a very pale blue in the water, and are using a grey pot, it can be hard to tell if it is completely clear. It was only when I was dumping it down the sink that I noticed a hint of blue.
I washed and dried the yarn as usual. I lost a little bit of colour when washing, but not much. Not nearly as much as with my Dark Chocolate yarn, where I think I rinsed out at least half of what I put in. Which is why I only used half the amount of colour in the overdye.
Once the yarn was dried, I noticed a few things. First off, it was pretty much the spitting image of my Dark Chocolate yarn.
|This is my Dark Chocolate yarn|
|And this is the Americolor Black.|
And second, those little red fuzzy bits are determined to stay little red fuzzy bits. Even after two sessions in the dye bath, they stayed red fuzzies.
|One of the red fuzzy bits. There is on that is about 4 or 5 inches long and was wound into the yarn.I had to pull it out once the yarn was dry. This red fuzzy will be pulled out too|
I am wondering if trying to overdye it a third time with a dark blue would help any, though I am hesitant to try it, because I really like this shade, and have already picked out a few colours to use with it to make more mosaic socks.
Maybe if the next black does not work, I will try it on that one. For my next attempt, I am going to try the Wilton No Break Black. I don't use the pots very often though, so I need to do some research on how much to use. So stay tuned for that post later this week.