a lesson in scouring

I mentioned last time that the hawthorn taught me a valuable lesson in scouring. My current batch of sample skeins were thoroughly scoured by holding them at 88 degrees for an hour in water and a little balanced detergent. Twice. But at the very last minute I remembered about some very tiny skeins I'd made from leftovers so I threw them in too. They were in the scouring pot for around ten minutes.

After dyeing with hawthorn there was a difference, the tiny skeins were definitely paler. But when I overdyed with indigo last week that it became extremely obvious...

These two skeins were dyed and treated in exactly the same way, except the tiny skein wasn't scoured. It didn't soak up nearly as much of the yellow hawthorn dye, and so is much less green after the indigo vat.

My three new favourites - hawthorn overdyed with indigo, and the original hawthorn skein to the right. So happy! 

More on the indigo vat next time...it was amazing...