I’ve been asked to make it clear who is posting, Rebecca or Mom, so I’ll start by saying: this is Mom (Linda.)
It’s well worth the investment to get a second swift if you dye your own yarn…..and it’s quite exciting too! (Or borrow a second one from a close friend….or ask for it as a Christmas gift!) After having dyed my 1 skein of multicolor and 4 skeins of semi-solid pokeberry, I thought about reskeining for a couple reasons:
1) It bothered me that the strands stuck to each other a little. I think this is because when I rinsed them and squeezed them out, there was SO MUCH YARN some of the strands dried together.
2) Reskeining gives you an idea of what the yarn will look like when you actually knit it.
So I bought a second swift at the store where Rebecca works in Pittsburgh: “Yarns Unlimited” and set them both up in my craft room.
I made sure the 2nd swift was opened up to a larger diameter, so as I wound the skein from one to another, it would mix up the colors.
So here it is before reskeining (note that if you compare this skein to the one from my post about dyeing, you can see it’s darker on the pink end….I did over-dye it.):
Here it is after reskeining:
I did the same to the multicolored skein. Here it is before:
And here it is after:
I really, really like the way the pink-red semi-solid looks after reskeining, but I’m not sure about the multicolored one. It would depend on what I was going to knit with it…..the individual colors are more clear before reskeining, which might be important. What do you all think?