Monday, March 21, 2016

Yarn Dyeing

I love hand dyed yarn. It's so unique and pretty and you never know how it's going to knit up. My friend Sara is hosting a speckle-along on Ravelry and you know I jumped at the chance to break out my one hoarded skein of speckle yarn.

But then, suddenly, one skein of speckle yarn just wasn't enough. I wanted more speckles! So I looked around and was immediately disappointed to find that all the prettiest colorways were sold out. No matter where I looked. I was so sad, I might have been feeling just a tad sorry for myself...okay, if I'm being honest I was pretty sure it was the universe's way of telling me I wasn't good enough and didn't deserve speckled yarn.

It was during this dark moment that I though "just how hard would it be to dye my own speckle yarn?" I spent hours watching videos on wool yarn dyeing. And it all seemed pretty easy and fun! I mentioned it to Sara and when I was literally 30 seconds away from buying some dyes online, she offered to sell me her wool dyes and equipment.

HECK YES!

And when the box got to my house, I was blown away by the number of different dyes inside. There must have been 50? I don't even know. But what I DO know is that dyeing yarn is so, SO fun!

While the camera doesn't capture the true depth and intricacies of the colors, I wanted to show you all my first attempts at yarn dyeing anyway. I'm officially hooked!

I started by making mini skeins from a cone of undyed yarn that Sara sent. Most I dyed open like the skeins on the left but two I dyed wound up, one tightly (middle) and one loosely (right).

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I wanted to replicate a sunset I saw the other day, steely gray with hints of apricot.

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So, I started with an apricot dye bath. When they were finished, I re-twisted the two mini skeins and put them in a gun metal gray dye bath. The skein that was twisted tightly was mostly white, the one twisted loosely was mostly dyed.

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After that experiment, I just tried whatever I felt like. I tried two different (but similar) colors in one pot to create variegated skeins.

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I did some gradients.

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And I tried speckles!

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And for all that, I only used 6 colors! I'm looking forward to trying all of the colors and creating my own combos and making pretty things with my own yarn. I may never buy hand dyed yarn again!

2 comments:

  1. ahhhhmazing! These are gorgeous! So is the yarn soft? I may have to buy some undyed yarn for you to dye for me!! I much rather pay you to send me some of your gorgeous dyed yarn creations! These turned out so so so beautiful!!!!

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  2. Looking at your yarn again here. My favorite is the blue (in the 5th and 6th picture). I also love the 2 on the left in the 4th picture. and all of them in the 9th picture. So yeah, pretty much all these. They are so pretty! I can't wait to see more that you create!!! (you can play with some purples for me! hint hint! I know it's you're least favorite color but I can only imagine how gorgeous they will be!)

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