These are some bamboo rayon socks that I dyed with low water immersion using Remazol and Procion MX dyes. The socks on the left contain Remazol dye, mixtures of ProChem's liquid reactive mixing red, intense blue, and a little turquoise, while the socks on the right contain Procion type violet MX-2R, rubine MX-B (Grateful Dye's #14 Cherry), and orange MX-2R.
These are my favorite socks for dyeing at this time, the bamboo rayon socks that Dharma started selling in 2007. They are standard in size, not tight and uncomfortable like some mercerized sock blanks. They are much less expensive than my former favorites, Maggie's organic cotton socks which dyed very well but not as brightly), and they dye much more beautifully than other sock blanks that contain some synthetic fiber. The undyed spandex shows up only in some very dark navy socks I also dyed (not shown), and then only a little, in the tops, when they are fully stretched. It does not show at all on the socks in the picture. The rayon has a slight sheen. I don't know how well they will wear, but if they were to last a third as long as Maggie's socks they would end up being comparably priced, and I expect that they will wear better than that.
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For more information on dyeing bamboo, see How to Dye Rayon.
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