Sarah dyed us a spankin' new batch of her Fiberstory, Fave Sock this week. So if you've been waiting on some colors of this gorgeously dyed yarn, the wait is over.
Have you ever wondered why sometimes a skein looks different from batch to batch, even though the colors are the same? Often, it's because sometimes dyers reskein the yarn after it's dyed, which distributes the colors diffferently throughout the skein. For example, take a look at Sundress and Milo below. The skein on the left is reskeined, and the skein on the right is not reskeined but looks instead like it layed in the dyepot or on the dye table.
How do you prefer your skeins? Do you like it when dyers reskein as is done on the left? Or not reskeined, on the right?
Personally, I don't care either way. Because I work with yarn everyday, I know that not reskeining takes up a lot less time, and when you're a one-person operation, that makes a huge difference. It also doesn't mask mistakes or problems that happened in the dyepot (like when two colors meet to make brown accidentally). But it can also make the colorway look much more like it will when knit up. For people who have a tough time seeing how a hand dyed skein might knit up, they seem more likely to purchase a something that is reskeined because it better shows the color distribution.
One thing I like about not reskeining is that you can better see the color changes when yellow meets blue or red meets yellow, etc. The little bits of new color that are developed as one color meets another, well, that's one of my favorite things about hand dyed yarn.
I've noticed over the past decade that hand dyers seemed to reskein a lot more in the past, but now aren't reskeining much anymore. When I first started carrying Miss Babs, she reskeined everything. But I haven't seen anything reskeined from her in years. Same for Black Trillium and Unique Sheep.
For the most part, striping yarns like our Post Yarn or Turtlepurl have to be reskeined. Because dyeing long stripes requires a 30-60 foot skein, after it's dyed you have to reskein from that 30-60 foot skein back into a 2 yard skein so that they are able to be wound into a cake using a swift. That's one of the reasons hand dyed striped yarn is harder to come by. It's very time-intensive because of the skeining and reskeining.