To Reskein, or Not to Reskein

After we dye our yarn, we reskein each and every skein.

We do it to make sure you have a good winding experience.  If a skein is tangled at the mill or in the dye pot, we deal with it so you don’t have to.

But my personal favourite reason for reskeining is this:  it mixes up the colours.

Let me show you what I mean, using some skeins of the 50 Shades of Bazinga colourway we created for Knitty’s 10th Anniversary.

Fresh from the dyepot:

 

 

Now I love the way these look.  I love the way the dye looks splashed on them and how the edges of the blocks of colour are uneven.

But:  How will it look when it’s knit up?

Leaving the colours as dyed tells me nothing about what I might expect from this yarn when I knit it up.  Will there be big sweeping swaths of colour? Or short dashes?  How will the colours blend when shifted around and snugged up next to each other?

I don’t know.

Now, skeins from the same batch reskeined:

 

 

It looks entirely different.  You’d never know it was the same yarn.

Sometimes we dye colours that I think are really horrible.  Then we reskein them and fall madly in love.

But you be the judge.  Here’s this colour way knit up in Knitty. (a different dye lot.  Because there are so many colours in Bazinga, different ones become the star of every skein)

So clearly I’m biased!

Tell us what you think.  To reskein, or not to reskein?  How much of a difference does it make to you?

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15 thoughts on “To Reskein, or Not to Reskein

  1. I would love to get away from it, and am not reskeining some depending on dye technique used. Like you, though, I love to see it reskeined.

  2. I must say I am a fan of the reskeining! Seems like you can see more of the colors, not just the large ones on the outside right from the dye pot. Can’t wait to see mine in person!

  3. Personally, I prefer reskeining as well esp if it’s a variegated colourway. I usually take photos of before and after both as a reference for future dyeing sessions and also for the shop previews.

  4. Wow, what a difference! I didn’t realize that much change could occur because of reskeining. To be honest, I buy yarn based on what colors are in the skein, not how they are presented in the skein. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been working with sock or variegated yarns enough, but I can’t predict how the colors are going to end up anyway. Seeing them one way vs. the other doesn’t help me understand.

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