Helen Stewart released the third pattern in the fourth season on the Handmade Sock Society early and that’s OK with me. This is called Wild Bees Socks. The stitch pattern looks like bees and she chose a honey color of yarn.
I’m trying to use stash yarn for as many projects as I can but I didn’t have any color that would work. So I decided to dye a hank of Knit Picks Stroll Bare yarn in a Crockpot/slow cooker using food coloring and Easter egg dye. I’ve tried the microwave method before with great success, however, Mr. Aitch doesn’t like the smell of hot wool and vinegar thus the Crockpot technique. On the deck. Because it was a warm, sunny day.
I didn’t take any pictures of the dyeing process but I added water and vinegar with the yarn and turned it on high. My Crockpot is a small one (3 1/5 quarts) so I only had room for one skein. I added the dye (in three, four, or maybe five batches) while the water was hot. The yarn grabbed the dye as soon as it hit the water.
I got some great golden-yellow tonal yarn. Exactly what I wanted.
You can see the various tints, shades, and hues ranging from pale yellow to golden yellow to pale apricot and a bit of brownish yellow.
I couldn’t wait for the yarn to dry to cast-on this sock pattern.
Here are two repeats of the pattern already. Blocking will be key to this pattern to even out the yarn-overs so the “bees” stand out more.
I love how the plain back shows off all the tones of the yarn.
I think I have 15-20 more skeins of yarn I could dye. So many options. Plus Easter egg dyes should be on sale after Sunday! That’s a great time to snag some great deals on non-toxic dyes.
As long as I had the dye materials out, I hand-painted a skein of yarn myself. I used the leftover teal dye my granddaughter used along with green and yellow. The green had a few drops of yellow added to it and the yellow had two-three drops of McCormick’s Neon lime green food coloring mixed in. I also dropped some right-out-of-the-bottle yellow down the center of the yellow sections and random drops of the neon green elsewhere just because I wanted less white yarn showing. Could I repeat the process? Absolutely not!
The dye was not placed in even sections around the oval on purpose. It took a lot of rinsing to get the water to run clear.
I’m loving the end result.
I have 100 grams/462 yards of this fingering weight yarn and no idea what to make with it.
My winter coat is yellow and a triangular or crescent-shaped scarf/shawl would be a welcome addition to brighten up the dreary winter days. Or maybe socks? Or possibly gloves? I’m just not sure…
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.