Max came home for the weekend, had a last horrah out back, tikki lights and bonfire, another wonderful night, the weather was great. I spent the day cleaning and dying, will post pics later.
Oh, my first pattern design for gauntlets, I thought I was some sort of knitting genious until I googled "free knit fingerless gloves pattern" and found a bunch of them, just like it. Oh well, ya gotta start somewhere.
I'm learning so much about reading a skein, this is purchased hand dyed wool, didn't expect it to come out like this. I am trying to avoid the puddling effect when dying. This turned out beautiful, I like the way it is sort of striped then at the top makes little blocks of color.
I wanted to try painting next....this was fairly dry yarn and after the vinigar bath I diluted the dye with a bit of the vinigar water. Dapped it on, wrapped it with plastic and cooked it in the microwave in a bowl of water. I washed with Dawn and the water ran clear, so it worked.
I've been looking for some green yarn for a hat for Max, OU colors. This one is green with a bit of black on one end and brown on the other. I'm trying to get the color on so it won't puddle too much.
I decided to give the Wilton Icing Dyes another chance. I soaked the yarn in vinigar water for 20 minutes, in the mean time started a pot and brought the water to a simmer. Placed the yarn in, trying to keep the two sides seperate. Later on I placed a small jar full of water in the middle to keep them apart. I dropped teal on one side and burgandy on the other.
After about 15 minutes of steeping I tested the water with a white plastic spoon, the water was clear, so all of the dye was absorbed by the yarm. After drying out in the back, this is what is looks like
Spent a little more time with the Wilton icing dye....red and black mixed in the pot after the yarn was dropped in. I really wanted to create colors that will not "puddle" when knit up, so the back and the front of the skein are different along with the ends. This looks a bit pinker that it really is.
The variations are unbelievable from just two dye colors
This one is using green, yellow and blue, I dropped the dye in little bits after the yarn was in the boiling water.
I'm loving how vibrant the colors are. Different than the Jaquard but I can do it in my kitchen.
So, I decided to go forward and try a self striping dye again, this time with the Wilton icing dye. I wanted a black and white stripe. Here is the yarn skeined out. I tied in between the colors very tight so that the black wouldn't seep over to the white. I soaked the whole thing in vinagar water.
Here is the pot of black, the undyed section is draped over the pot... looks good doesn't it? Well, I left it bublling till the water turned clear (about 15 mins) I took it out and rinsed it, and the black was a sick sort of mottled purplish color. Rats
So, I did an overdye, just blobbing in the violet color... looks good.
After rinsing, washing and drying it looks good, although I forgot about the part that I tied tight, so there is a white strip each side between the colors... oh well, should look good.