A Little Dye Project

colorcard

After Rhinebeck, the fiber fun continued at Mom’s house!  She had one skein (~1100 yds lace weight, Merino/Bamboo blend) left to dye so Monday morning we set out to dye it up!  We made a few little mini skeins for experimenting, soaked them in citric acid…

citricacidsoak

Picked a few colors…

purples

and away we went…

makingamess

We started with just purple…

minipurples

Notice how Mom’s technique rinses clear!  No bleeding, no excess dye, no mess!  I’ll save the rant for some other time but seriously, this is the way it should always be!

clearwater

Of course, I wasn’t content with just one color.

samples

Green and, eventually, Orange wiggled their way into the plan.  At some point over the weekend, I was bitten by the Halloween bug.  It didn’t itch or sting but the effects seem to be growing.  Neon Green yarn at Rhinebeck was not enough.  This is the sample I decided upon…

halloweensample

I knew what I was doing, I made the crazy clown barf decision with willful defiance.  I have no one but myself to blame if it doesn’t work out.  LOL!  So we set to work…

gel

To prevent the colors from bleeding into each other, we applied the dye with a thickening agent.  It was messy and squishy and it took a while.

inprogress

I can see why hand painted yarns are so expensive!  It was labor intensive!

halloweenwreath

Roll it up and into the microwave it went!

wrapped up

After it cooled, we rinsed it and this is what we were left with…

yarnporn

I love it!  I have a few ideas for it!  It’s so fun!  I’m gonna admire it for a bit…I have a feeling it will be wound soon!

17 thoughts on “A Little Dye Project

  1. Great post!! I haven’t used a thickening agent for dyeing yet but I’ve thought about it for when I dye sock blanks- that’s when I have the most trouble keeping the colors from running. It will be exciting to see your hand-dyed knit up!! :)

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    1. I think we went a little overboard with it, we could have thickened less than we did and still been okay…it gave us amazing precision though! It’s crazy how many different dye techniques are out there!

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    1. There’s definitely a learning curve, but it is fun to play with samples and pick colors and see what happens!

      The only problem…you can dye yarn a lot faster than you can knit it! My stash is growing a bit out of control :) not that there’s anything wrong with that!

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