I think I might be hooked on dyeing yarn!
I’m working on knitting a pair of socks with the yarn I dyed last time and I couldn’t wait to dye again. So today, I dyed a skein a la rainbow sherbet. In other words, light pink, light orange and light green.
I had a lot of trouble creating the orange I was going for, so I punted and used yellow instead with the idea to overlap it with both the pink and the green. That way, I’d hopefully get a nice peachy orange color when it mixed with the pink and a different tone of green when it mixed with the green. I also am kind of obsessed with the purple I created last week, so I ran a little purple dye down the side and over the pink area. And then a few pink speckles to finish it off. I absolutely love the effect.
One thing I wanted to work on was having fewer bare spots in this skein. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE the way my last skein turned out and it works, but I just wanted to try something different this time. So as I was adding my color, I would occasionally stick the nozzle of my squeeze bottle into the yarn to hopefully distribute it in the layers underneath. I was slightly heavier-handed on the amount of dye solution as well. I am still amazed at how little dye you actually need to create these colors. It’s also hysterical to me how in my first attempt, how concentrated my dyes were.
It was a breeze to rinse and it was another sunny, warm day to aid with drying.
My first impression while it was drying is that, to me, the colors maybe looks a little bit muddled. I like it but I liked it more in the pot. I think one point is that It’s way more yellow than I though it would be. It’s all for the sake of experimentation, so either way, it’s all good- It’ll make fine socks!
But as luck would have it, it ended up SO pretty when it was skeined up. And I’ve been working on my skein twisting and I think I’ve made some progress!
I think my next attempt will be more cloudy with grey, light purple and light blue. Though I foresee adding some pink in as well, I don’t think I’ll be able to help myself. I’d also like to do an entire skein of just the pink, yellow and purple to see what happens!