What is rehanking?
Rehanking is taking a dyed hank of yarn and winding it up again at a different circumference. Here's how it works.
Yarn comes off the spinning machines in cones.
Folklife Festival Wales Yarn by Mr. T in DC, on Flickr. Shared under a Creative Commons License.
Then the mill or the dyer will wind big loops of yarn off of the cones. This big loops are tied off and become hanks (or skeins). In the picture below, the machine on the left is winding hanks of yarn off of cones.
Woolen Mill near Golan, North Wales by net_efekt, on Flickr. Shared under a Creative Commons License.
The hanks are then dyed and look something like this. See how the colors are in chunks? You can see, roughly, how the dye was applied. There is some orange, and some brown, then some more orange, and a gold with maybe a little more brown.
|Yep, still Hidden Tiger. Same yarn.|
|Former club colorway|
- Rehanking neatens up the hanks. Dyeing is rough on a hank of yarn. Even when you add a lot of ties to keep the hank under control, a loop of yarn may "snag" during the dyeing or rinsing process and great a large, loose loop like in the top picture. Rehanking evens everything out again.
- Rehanking redistributes the color so you get a truer picture of the dominant color. In the top picture, the skein reads brown. In the bottom picture, you can see that the brown recedes and the golden brown is the more dominant color.
- Rehanking gives you a better idea how the individual colors in the hank will look together. As a yarn seller, it helps me sell the yarn. The color below below and to the right did that to me. Straight out of the pot, I liked it ok. Then I rehanked it and fell in love. It's the same yarn, but rehanking lets me more easily imagine how well the colors go together.
- This is a debated point among yarn sellers, but I think rehanked yarn sells better for the reasons I listed above.
|Former club colorwy,|
"Unbirthday" not rehanked
- Rehanking is expensive in terms of time and labor costs, especially when this step is not strictly necessary.
- Rehanking breaks up the colors, making it harder to figure out how it was dyed. A lot of people like to see how much of each color was used, how often the color breaks are, etc.
- Some people think that rehanking hides "mistakes" such as stray specks of color. That's a whole 'nother blog post. Long story short, some people consider stray specks of color to be mistakes. It is only a mistake if the dyer did not do it intentionally. I often use a process that encourages speckling because I like it.
Sometimes I rehank. Sometimes I don't. Some bases look great straight out of the dye pot. Some bases need an hour of detangling regardless of how well I tied it to begin with.
For the most part, I rehank yarns I am selling direct to the customer. Sometimes I won't rehank if I'm short on time, if the hank is particularly lovely, if the hank is not messy from the dyeing process, or if I just plain don't feel like it.
For the most part, I do not rehank yarns that I sell wholesale. Sometimes I will rehank if a yarn is particularly messy, or if the client requests it. My non-rehanked yarns sell better to clients and their customers, thereby proving that people who prefer rehanking and the people who prefer yarns as-is are split pretty much down the middle.
A customer once tried to argue, quite loudly, that these three hanks of yarn were not the same yarns. They are the same. How do you like your yarn?
|The color is CMY|