Weekend yarn dyeing

Our 11-year old granddaughter stayed with us over the weekend.  We went to Blackwater Falls near Davis, West Virginia, and walked to the falls.  It was a crisp, sunny day.  A bit chilly for our picnic but by sitting in the sun we managed to stay comfortable.

After we got home, Jayne and I dyed some Knit Picks Stroll fingering-weight yarn using Easter egg dye and some food coloring.  We soaked the yarn in water with three tablespoons of white vinegar before we left in the morning so it would be ready for us when we came home.

She decided on teal, purple and pink dyes alternating the colors all the way around the oval of yarn.  I bought some 20ml syringes to apply the dye.  They worked much better than the cheap squeeze bottles I used before.  The syringes did not leak or drip.

Once all the dye was on the yarn, we wrapped it in plastic wrap and placed the bundle in a glass dish.  Then we microwaved it for two minutes, let it cool anywhere from 5-15 minutes, and repeated that process for a total of four times to heat set the dye. (I was so involved that I forgot to take more pictures.  Oops!)

When the yarn was cool, she rinsed it thoroughly in warm to cool water with a little bit of clear soap.  The yarn absorbed most of the dye and she only had a small amount of purple dye wash out.  By Sunday morning the yarn was ready to wind into a ball.

I’ve already started knitting a pair of Helen Stewart’s Dorsal Fin socks (her choice) for her with the yarn she dyed.Patti

Not for eggs

We needed a loaf of bread the other day so I went to the small market closest to our house.  I spotted these as I was walking past the clearance table.

Fourteen boxes of Easter Egg dye marked down to $.65 each.

I bought them all and used some on a skein of Knit Picks Bare fingering yarn.  I’ll show it to you as soon as it dries…which might take a day or two what with all the muggy, rainy weather we’ve been experiencing.

Anyone have an idea for all the wire egg dippers I have accumulated??

Second try

The Handmade Sock Society third pattern, Cliff Walk, is beautiful.  But the yarn I chose is not working with this pattern.

The color is pooling and the stitches are obscured.

It’s almost a swirling design.

Plus I’m not enjoying the feel of the yarn while knitting, nor the finished part so far.  It’s coarse and not soft.  Maybe that’s due to the cotton content.  I don’t know.

But I DO know that I will begin anew with a different yarn.  My old stand-by: Knit Picks Stroll.  Midnight Heather is a rich deep blue.  (I’d rather use a tonal but I don’t have any in my stash that I’m willing to use for socks.  The yardage for those yarns is enough for some shawls and I’d hate to use some and not have enough for later.)

I only have 56 grams in this dye lot and will need about 70-80 grams.  I might use black for the cuffs, heels, and toes…

…or dye some Knit Picks Stroll Bare that I do have in my stash.

Knitted gifts

You remember the 1898 knitted cap I made for Mr. Aitch with overdyed yarn?  Well, it needed some fingerless gloves for company.

I didn’t have enough yarn leftover and I knew I’d never get the same color to match.  That’s why it’s important to get enough of the same dye lot when knitting (or crocheting) any yarny project.  So I overdyed another skein of yarn but starting out with a totally different color.

Using the same brand of yarn and the same food dye colors, I wanted to get something that would coordinate with the original overdye.

I added some leftover Rit dye, a mixture of blue and black, from another project.  The blue and green food coloring just wasn’t covering that bright coral color.

Close enough for a contrast but still in the same family.

Original overdye

The new overdye

The fingerless glove pattern is the Don’t skid, honey! by Justyna Lorkowska.  The zigzags reminded me of smoke and Mr. Aitch needed a new pair to keep his hands warm when he smokes a cigar (in the garage in the winter). 

You can see the two colors on the palm.

Both together.

We’ve had some bitter cold temperature here lately and Mr. Aitch has worn the gloves inside to keep his hands warm while at the computer.