My friend Kathryn contacted me a few months back about getting some yarn custom dyed. Her husband is a paralympian and she wanted to surprise him with a pair of gold, silver and bronze striped socks. I love a good craft challenge so I said yes. I love dyeing striping yarn (as I’ve said before!) and this was a fun one to do. Kathryn posted her finished socks today and they look so great!! I was a bit skeptical of my dye job at first but her end result looks amazing. Nicely done, Kathryn!
Enough to go through these shenanigans.
That there is a long hank.
I’d say this is well worth the trouble.
Oh hello there colors, waiting to come out!
I’ve been wanting to do self striping rainbow for a while. As a first try, I’d say this is pretty good. The yellow is a little neon and the purple is a bit dark, but now I know what to do next time. I’m anxious to see how large the stripes are too, as I didn’t plan that part ahead of time. At least I’ll have a frame of reference of fencepost to fencepost next time I try this.
It’s been too hot to want to knit too much during the day. Having this yarn dyeing outdoor operation is a nice change. I wonder, could I somehow rig a dyepot to the gas grill??
We bypassed Easter egg dyeing this year and went straight to yarn. Much more fun.
This is using Jacquard Acid Dyes. I love the colors I get with these dyes.
Some spring colors
One of these two will probably end up as a variegated sample for a scarf pattern I’m working on. Here’s my solid one so far:
I love a good loophole. Even when the loophole is in regard to a rule I’ve made (Kind of like I’ve outsmarted myself, heehee). I said I wouldn’t work on any other project until I finished my cardigan but dyeing doesn’t count, does it? I mean, the yarn isn’t for any project in particular so it’s not really another WIP. Right? Right?
My new favorite dyeing challenge is overdyeing colored yarn. It’s relatively easy to start with bare yarn and come up with a color scheme that you like, but adding onto an existing color throws a wrench into the mix. I have quite a few nice skeins of yarn in my stash whose colors I’m not too crazy about. Most of these were either given to me or were orphaned in a clearance bin somewhere and I couldn’t pass them up. I am thrifty beyond belief and I will, in fact, buy yarn that is hideous if it’s a good enough price.
I’ve had quite a few nice surprises this month with overdyes. I hope you like them too.
The first one was an overdye of a skein of Knit Picks Bare worsted that had an unfortunate outcome with the first round of dye.
Next, a beautiful yarn handed down to me by a friend. It’s Spotlight Basics, a beautiful Australian wool, but just wasn’t a color I could see myself knitting with.
So in a crazed state I went nuts with various colored dyes. When all was said and done I couldn’t even remember what colors had gone into the pot, but I love the golden brown color that resulted:
From this same friend came two skeins of Sandnes Lanett, some wonderfully soft merino wool in fingering weight. Again, not my color. Actually, this was the color my living room was when we bought our house and it almost made me not want to buy the place. Almost.
Since I am a sucker for stripes, as I’ve said, I decided that this yarn would evolve into self striping sock yarn. Behold:
If my math is correct (which is nearly always is – thanks, math degree!) each stripe will be two rows thick with a 7-stripe repeat. I can’t wait to try this out. Striped knee highs, here I come…. eventually.
And although it wasn’t my favorite dye job, this is my favorite in terms of transformation. Two skeins of Soles & More that I got on super clearance at Joanns.
At a dollar a skein, I couldn’t pass up the chance of $2 socks. The colors of this yarn are so awful but with 75% wool and 25% nylon, I love the wash-ability of it. So this went from pastel stripes to:
semi solid ruby deliciousness. Mmm. I can’t wait to see how the original stripes add to the slight variegation of this one. I think this will look great as either Absinthe or Evening Stockings for a Young Lady. Hmm, this may be getting dangerously close to working on a WIP. I’m off to go work on my sweater now.