I think I figured out what happened to my Busted Root(TM)! The yarn released A LOT of dye into the wash (which I’ve heard is common – it’s even printed on the label (which I didn’t read until after this whole incident!)) and then I didn’t even stop to rinse it, because the bottle of Soak says you don’t have to. Then I gently squeezed out the excess water, rolled it in a towell, and set it in the sun, and I think THAT set the dye into the yarn!!! Here’s the aftermath:
This is after a second washing, and while it doesn’t look THAT noticeable in the photo, there are still streaks on the sleeves and seams from where I think the dye was rolled out in the towel.
At first I was just going to dye the whole thing, but I don’t think that will help either, because the darker part will just get darker.
So. At this point I’m going to have to call the whole project a bust and cast on another one (which I’m determined to do — because I really do love this sweater).
[Update: I was able to save it! See here (scroll down).]
I’d like for you to think I’m a super speedy knitter… but I’m not. This is after watching 4 episodes of Veronica Mars, an entire season of My Boys, and half of Igby Goes Down.
I had originally started out on 2 circs, but the one needle was SO PAINFUL that I developed a painful sore on my left ring finger. I switched to DPNs halfway through, and they were not only gentler on my fingers, but they help me keep my place better in the pattern. I just might be a DPN convert after all.
*Vidiot: A term my father made up for someone who keeps their face glued to the TV.