A few days ago, I found my self home alone. I had been wanting to dye some yarn for a long time, but I´d never gotten to it. At first it was because I didn´t have some fundamental things, like a designated dye pot. And then I had to get me some citric acid, gloves, a mask and so on. The last thing I was waiting for was some bottles to mix the colours in that I had ordered online. So this particular morning, my boyfriend was away on a road trip, and in the middle of my breakfast the door bell rang, and it was the bottles! At the time it seemed like a sign. So I cleaned my kitchen and made sure to put everything food related from the counter in another room, just to be safe.
So what was I waiting for? Nothing apparently!
Before I started my experiments I had watched Hue Loco´s tutorials on how to dye yarn. That was it. Basically I had no idea what I was getting myself into… But I was ready!
I swear, yarn has never dryed this slow… I was so excited to see what it would look like when it was dried and re-skeined. It took forever! But after a day or so it was ready to be skeined up!
In this picture you can eye my third attempt on the left. On the right you have my attempt at trying to copy that colorway. I should mention that my third attempt was dyed on a natural colored yarn, while my attemt at copying it was dyed on a skein of bleached white. So I´m pretty happy with it! (And I wouldn´t be me if I didn´t try to dye something yellow, now would I?)
I could hardly sleep that night, because my head was filled with visions of yarn and colour. So the next day I skeined up 5 ball of white yarn, and had another go. I wanted to try something a bit less speckled, but still variagated enough to not be boring.
I´m insanely thrilled about this skein! I love, love, love how that turned out! Especially since I mixed some colours to get another shade of yellow in the mix. And of course, it has a tiiiny bit of speckles.
…and then I couldn´t control myself anymore, and had to make something closer to speckled again. My last experiment of the day was my copycat that I´ve already showed you in a previous picture.
Now I´m all out of yarn, but I´ve ordered more! This was so much fun! And while I´m waiting for that, I´ll be knitting with my own, hand dyed yarns! Squee!
Note: For my experiment I used Jacquard acid dye. In Norway you can buy these colours at Spinnvilt. And I´m pretty sure they are available online in other countries as well. I also got some Jacquard dyes from a friend of mine that didn´t use them.
All the yarns I´ve dyed are 75/25 wool-nylon sock yarn. Three of the hanks was gifted to me along with the dyes and they where in a in a natural white colour, while the rest was bleached white. (I bought eight skeins of bleached white Opal sock yarn on a 50% off sale months ago, with dyeing experiments in mind and hanked them up).
I´m thinking about colour combinations and dying techniques pretty much all the time now. And I´m looking forward to seeing what will happen next with this new hobby of mine!