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!
My first attempt. It was not what I was going for AT ALL, but it turned out pretty nice all the same. Hopefully I will one day be skilled enough to make what I was picturing in my head at the time.
On my second attempt, I didn´t have a plan at all. But I like the result. I was a bit nervous while making it though, because in the pot it looked like a polish circus…
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?)
Here is my fourth attempt. You see a speckled theme going on right? Pink with spots of pink and yellow. I kind of want to taste this yarn too…
The fifth attempt, and my last that day. I´m not really drawn to blues, but I like the way this turned out!
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.
It is so hard to take a good picture of this colour. But it´s pretty much all about the pink and reds.
I went for it again. And this time I wanted to try out some green colours.
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!
I hope you are well and that you are doing something creative (and maybe trying something new) this summer!