After watching some YouTube videos, I was finally ready to dye yarn with a longer colour way, than you can get by dyeing it in one skein. I first split it into about a dozen connected mini-skeins, then soaked my 100% fingering wool overnight in water, with a splash of vinegar.
In the morning, I selected several colours and mixed acid dye powders into hot water with a dropper of vinegar.
The colours ranged from a grey blue to red with yellow, green and brown in the middle. I generously applied the concentrated dye liquid to the yarn, that I had laid on plastic wrap on my table. I carefully wrapped the skeins, avoiding contact, laid them on my glass dish and microwaved them for several minutes, a minute at a time.
The resulting yarn was bright! After crocheting a one-skein shawlette with my bright rainbow yarn, I over-dyed it in a blue dye bath. Now it is a little dull for my taste, but dyeing the yarn in small skeins was a fun experience.
What does a knitter do in summer? Of course, get ready for winter...especially for those of us here who have cold winter months.
Deb, our amazing treasurer, knitted herself this hat from a commercial ‘small batch dyeing’ yarn of 85% Polwarth wool and 15% silk.
The pattern was ‘top down’ using the cast on technique created for ‘toes up’ socks...then completed with tubular bind-off.
The pattern is called Hellebore and you can find it on Ravelry , to be published August 7th. For this project it was exclusive to the Over The Moon Knitters Collection through our local yarn store, Kelowna Yarn and Needlcraft.
Now that the warm weather has finally arrived in the Okanagan, its time to get to those projects that we put off, with the excuse, its too cold to work in the garage
I, finally, set up my silk dyeing frame and was able to start painting the silk yardage I had bought ...well ...way back when...
Each time I paint silk, I learn something new, try new colours and techniques and remember the absolute joy of playing with colour.
Once the dye dries, the silk begins to sparkle and reveal all its beauty.
These scarves, are destined for our Artisan Sale on November 21st, 2020, so stay tuned...