Monday, June 19, 2006

 

My Favourite Mistake


Well, seems I've made a bit of an expensive mistake.

I went down to Granville Island today to buy some natural dyes and mordants and to get some synthrapol, being under the impression that that would help wash the excess dye out of the sock yarn I've finished dying.

Seems that I used the wrong dye, it will never set and will leach forever, and in fact I'm a bit of a twat a) for not knowing that and b) for even thinking I should try.

The bit about being a twat wasn't said but it was certainly what I heard. I have "art" issues as some of you know, but I'm pretty sure I can still identify when I'm being dissed.

She was nice enough towards the end of the experience, but my face was hot the entire time. I was completely humiliated, and I came home and cried.

I think maybe she could have phrased things a little more diplomatically. I'll get over it, however I will look for other suppliers of dyes. There are plenty.

On the sunny side of all of this, I now own over 10,000 yards of beautifully-dyed yarn that I personally have no problem with wearing:




It'll leach a little in the wash. Likely won't even come off on my feet much. It doesn't seem to be leaking much in the way of dye as it dries, but i can't take a chance and have an army of blue-footed knitters show up looking for revenge.

um, so yes, I need 30+ pairs of socks. (There are three more skanks than this, varigated yellow, varigated pink and a lighter brown/tan combo.)

Oh well, at least I had fun.

More sock yarn is arriving within the week. I won't make the same mistake twice.

Comments:
Eeek! SHE was the twat!

So sorry. That sucks.
 
You are not a twat. Does KoolAid leach? I keep meaning to destroy my kitchen dying yarn, but I just never get around to it....
 
Hey - I blame all the shitty clerks around Vancouver on the fact that unemployment rates are so frigging low that everyone is hiring the biggest losers because they simply have no bloody choice. You notice that when unemployment goes up & people actually start worrying about keeping their job 'cause there aren't 10 more around the corner, then people are actually civil? So. Next recession (& you know it comes back eventually), that woman is SO out of work & starving, she'll be drinking dye. And mordants. Whatever the hell those are - but they sound fatal.
hugs for suffering through a bitchy encounter.
 
Hate those officious, know it all clerks. Three years later, and I'm still coming up with comebacks to "Don't try to wear cables, because it looks like they'll wear you."
 
She was a complete bitch for making you feel so bad. How were you supposed to know. That's what learning is about,but not like that. We all make mistakes & have areas of ignorance.
I had a similar encounter,thankfully over the phone,about soda ash. I'd never heard of it,so how could I possibly know how to use it. All she had to do was share her knowledge. Lost a customer through being so patronising.
So,take heart. You're learning new stuff and having fun.

Lo's cable comment : Crikey ! That was mean. Poor lo !
 
Oh that's so not funny....isn't there something you could do? Overdye? I have no clue how to fix it, being new to dying and everything else fibrey(?) but it can't all be a total writeoff. What kind of dye did you use? please educate the rest of us so that we can avoid making a similar mistake. Did you call the clerk an assbeagle? assferret? fuckmuppet? I would have cried too, the colours are lovely.
 
and if I wanted the pink yarn...you know, so if it bled my feet would be pink instead of blue...wouldja sell it? Or are you just gonna make 30 pr of socks??

The dye woman sucks assbags for breakfast...that's why she's so grouchy. Plus she knows that you've got an army of friends that she couldn't even dream of having, so she's very jealous of you.

You're loved. :)
 
Yeah, well, that twat probably macrames wall hangings and calls it art. I think I remember the store on Granville Island you're talking about. I didn't even go in because it looked unbearably pretentious.
 
i'm sorry that happened. at least the yarn looks great.
 
Which kind of dye did you use? This is exactly the sort of thing I might do! It's all a learning experience. And one thing you learned is that the salesperson has all the tact of an aardvark.
 
Well foo, Yvonne beat me to the pink yarn! After all, pink wouldn't really show on your feet anyway, now would it? If Yvonne doesn't want it all, I'll buy some of the pink. Doesn't matter if it leaches out, I have a 12-year-old daughter and half the stuff I wash is pink anyhow. Who'd know?
 
The problem is hers, not yours. Although I'm totally with you on the feelings it produces. I think it's amazingly cool and creative and fabulous that you're doing this dyeing stuff in the first place. And learning from mistakes is all part of it.

Furthermore, leech smeech. I want some. Not sure if I want the stuff on the right at the end or the stuff in the middle coz I don't know if my monitor's giving me the true colours. So. Deets on the colours please.
 
MANNN, maybe it is just me but it seems that the most brutal of emotions seem to pool around dyeing. Some are extremely afraid of it, some (like you and I, yah)will jump in and try anything. Then, you get the nice ladies who teach us Mainers how to dye and make it look like a backyard party every September at the Fair - and then you have the librarianish-tight-lipped-dyedogs. Rabbitch! Don't let the bastards (or mean dye ladies) get you down. Oh, I'm sure you've already tried this but just in case - you could put the yarn in a very warm bath of water that has about 1/2-1 cup of white vinegar in it and let it set in the sun for, say, a couple of hours. Or, you could start a blue-footed, henna art, knitter's feet fashion craze!
 
I know from all my soap making and knitting that mistakes are really a good thing. It usually makes the next attempt better. And nothing is a better teacher than a doozie of a mistake. Once I had a bad batch of soap, a really big batch (I was going to save time and double the batch but made a crucial error in substituting oils). I will never ever ever make that mistake again. My trash can must have weighed 3 tons that week and smelled totally rancid. My trash man must have thought I was a disposing a body.
Lesson learned. Hang in there!
 
what? what kind of dye won't set and why are they selling it in the first place???

ps. why are you wasting your tears on such a miserable bitch?

pps. love the mental image of herds of blue footed knitters ....
 
oh no! That sucks.
I do not understand the evil, vitriolic people who delight in kicking you when you're down. What a bitch.

Did you use cotton dyes for wool? You might be able to soak out most of the dye and then overdye with other dyes. Or you could try a commercial dye fixer (like Retayne, but it's only for cotton; Dharma Trading has one that works on all natural fibers they say)? Those work by putting down a chemical layer on the yarn that holds in the dyes; it's not the same as vinegar, which causes the dyes to chemically bond to the yarn. The dye fixers are like a teflon layer on a pan - a layer over the yarn, but you can't feel it or smell it.

:( I'm sorry about the whole thing
 
oh no! That sucks.
I do not understand the evil, vitriolic people who delight in kicking you when you're down. What a bitch.

Did you use cotton dyes for wool? You might be able to soak out most of the dye and then overdye with other dyes. Or you could try a commercial dye fixer (like Retayne, but it's only for cotton; Dharma Trading has one that works on all natural fibers they say)? Those work by putting down a chemical layer on the yarn that holds in the dyes; it's not the same as vinegar, which causes the dyes to chemically bond to the yarn. The dye fixers are like a teflon layer on a pan - a layer over the yarn, but you can't feel it or smell it.

:( I'm sorry about the whole thing
 
bah, stupid blogger. HATE HATE
Sorry for the double post.
 
May I please have dark blue feet? Seriously, name the price.
 
So, is that the place where you got the wrong dye? If so, maybe you could knit up something appropriate for the "lady" that will leave dye all over her?
 
Sorry about your experience Rabbitch - I do believe in Karmic justice and believe me her arrogant, condescending attitude will kick her in the ass one of these days. Move on! Better yet, maybe you could introduce the mother of the fundraising for the teacher fund to her; they sound like a perfect couple.
 
If it leaches badly and you want to try and recover the yarn, Rit dye remover may do the trick...
 
I think there may be a plan developing. First remove as much dye as possible and re-dye your yarn. Second, send out this batch to all your new test knitters (ie. me). Third, decide that you are going to up your standards and they can Up Their's too!

You could always complain to the Manager. On the down side, she may have been the Manager. We're rooting for you.
 
Delurking to say...poo on the clerk. Mean people suck. Especially people who refuse to share their knowledge and look down on others for not knowing what they know. Condescending! That's the word.

The Greater Vancouver Area is rather large. You will have no trouble finding somewhere else to buy dye!
 
I think many of us would be willing to take some of this off your hands at the risk of being blue-footed (or pink-footed -- I like that one a lot, too!).... If you decide to sell it, let us know!
 
No one should make you cry. You're human! You made a mistake! I'm sorry she was so mean to you.
 
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