So I'm naming stuff. I've always named stuff: cars, computers, imaginary friends, and now I'm making an effort to name everything I work on. If I don't care enough about it to name it, then I should probably just move on.
And this is Curly:
It began as a dusty sage-ish green sweater, Pure brand. It says "Pure Handknit" on the label. 100% cotton, very heavy and nubby. I tossed it in a dye bath to get this color, which is *not* optimal. But here's the deal: I hardly ever dye a load of white stuff. Almost always, I'm overdyeing something that's already some color. This is fun for me: figuring out what color to add to something to get another color I like. To do that, you sometimes have to really study the garment to figure out what underlying colors make up what color it is now. Like khaki: is it a gray khaki? Greenish? Tan? A greenish khaki can be a fabulous chartreuse, but a grayish khaki won't, although it can sometimes go a deep, dusty purple. Tan can become rust or golden, depending on how dark it is to start. You have to really look at it and think about what the transparent dyes will do to it.
For the load into which I added this sweater, I had 4 other pieces: two Bryn Walker fleece shrugs that were a kind of muted apple green and two t-shirts I bought for The EGE, one short-sleeved and one long-sleeved, that were a neon yellow-lime, too close to yellow to be the color he likes. If I'd dyed them by themselves, I would have used golden yellow and a little bright green. If I'd dyed the shrugs by themselves, it would have been golden yellow and a little avocado. If this sweater had been by itself, I would have used golden yellow and chartreuse. But because I wanted to do just one load, I had to compromise to push all 5 pieces to a better color, but with none of them optimal. But I do love a challenge, and although nothing is The Perfect Shade of Green, they were all vastly improved.
I used felt for Curly. Some of it I bought, long ago, and some used to be wool clothing from Goodwill (the purple was, I think, a jacket). I wash/full it all in hot water in the machine and then keep it cut and sorted in two big bins: bright colors and dull colors.
The funny thing is that the day I started working on Curly, I stopped by the consignment store here to say "hi," and found another Pure Handknit sweater, this one a brick red cardigan, for about $5. It's in the wash now; I can't wait to figure out something cool to do with it. I really love a heavy, nubby cotton sweater.