Monday, January 17, 2011

A Dye-athon!

I've recently reorganized the stash a bit, and was shocked to find that I only had 2 skeins of usable sock yarn.  I had some undyed and some unsatisfactorally dyed sock yarn, but very little usable.  Out came the dye pots, and my house smelled of wet wool for a few days, but this is what we got:

The two at the top are 100g skeins of knit picks Bare base (which I don't even bother to reskein) and each one was overdyed at least 3 times until I was happy.


The two on the bottom are skeined from two sock blanks that sweet pea and I did together.  I love the sock blanks.  I don't presoak as long as directed, and it gives the yarn an almost heathered look.  I did several of these a few tears ago, and made some of my favorite socks out of the yarn (like these ones below).

My techniques are pretty vague and unmeasured, but I did get a chance to spend more time with my copy of Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece (Amazon or Rav link), which I highly recommend.  I mostly just throw the yarn in a dedeicated pot with a few glugs of vinegar and a smattering of dye, then simmer until I remember its going.  I used Jacquard acid dyes, but I think it would be easier to start with Wilton cake dyes.  There are a good range of colors, and they're food safe.  The book has much more info, including some cool stuff on color theory.

This had been languishing in my stash as a pale sea foam green and grey skein of laceweight.  I overdyed this with chestnut and am much happier.  This will either become Gnarled Oakwoods or Tibetan Clouds stole.

Up tomorrow... How a birthday order at Knit picks enhanced my stash!

1 comment:

Jacey said...

I've never tried a sock blank before, but your results look great! Of course, I'm partial to the skein on the left, the really variegated one. It's right up my alley.

Since I'm on a yarn-purchasing moratorium, I won' be buying any sock blanks this year, but I do have some worsted skeins to dye, hopefully someday soon.