Yarn dyeing experiments


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!

28647273215_cd929860a1_kMy 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.

28363011060_33ed653091_kOn 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…

28031065273_1edb58e5c9_kIn 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?)

28031066293_e80d380f19_kHere 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…

28568782861_9fe3d320a5_kThe 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.

28030176044_774323cdc2_kIt is so hard to take a good picture of this colour. But it´s pretty much all about the pink and reds.

28031066673_82422eed63_kI went for it again. And this time I wanted to try out some green colours.

28614947436_07fe8480c7_kI´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.

28363011260_5ddfd7bce0_k…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!

15 thoughts on “Yarn dyeing experiments”

    1. Thank you so much for that lovely commment! Yes, I have never dyed anything before. (Except for when I accidentally put a red t-shirt in the washer with my jeans and gave them a pinker shade of jeans… 😉 )

  1. Wow, they look great for a 1st attempt, well done!! It’s so much fun isn’t it!! Hope you continue enjoying with hand-dyed yarn!

    1. Thank you! It is a lot of fun! Something creative, but so completely different than my other crafts. I needed a little change, and this was spot on! I won´t stop now, that´s for sure!

  2. Wow, Lena! All the skeins are beautiful!!!
    Can’t believe, you never dyed yarn before 🙂 My first dyed skeins were not such beauties, but it war fun and I liked knitting with them 🙂

    1. Thank you! And thank your for taking the time to leave a comment. That is always nice! For some reason the combination of pink and yellow is something I like a lot these days! It´s lovely to hear that I´m not the only one!

  3. Wow! Excellent first adventure into yarn dyeing! You really went for it, Lena! Well done, you got some brilliant results – you did really well re-producing your yellow/speckled colourway – I always wonder how on earth yarn dyers manage to re-create a colourway! I think you are a natural 🙂

    1. Thank you! I love speckled yarn, so I was thinking that I had to try and make what I love. I was pretty amazed at the re-creation as well. 😀

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