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Yarn Dying

In August, after I finished knitting sweaters for Elli and Gwen for their birthday, Ike comes to me and says "Mom, you've never knit a sweater for me. Why not?" I thought about it and realized he had a legitimate beef, I pulled out a pattern for the next sweater I had planned to knit for him and said "How about this one?"

He liked it and we talked about yarn. What colors, etc, etc. Then I remembered that I had purchased a bunch of superwash blanks from Knitpicks 'cause not only do I like their yarn, but the blanks are CHEAP!!! We then talked about what color dye I had. We went back and forth for awhile and Ike made his decision.

We pulled out my canning pot, filled it, and put the it on to boil. We pulled out my dyeing tubs and set them up on the lawn. The water boiled, we poured it into the tubs, mixed in dye, and put the yarn in. And it came out like this:



I was told later that if I had wet the yarn in hot water first the yarn would have opened up and the colors not only would have been more brilliant, but they would have crawled up the yarn and blended in the middle (which was my intention in the first place). Oh well, I think it came out quite nicely.

After it dried, I put it on my yarn swift and used the winder to ball it up. Then I sat down and started knitting.

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besina_sartor
Oct. 19th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Neat! I'm always interested in the fiber arts, though I don't do much of them. I'd love to see some pictures when you've got some of it knitted!
rephetibel
Oct. 19th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Nice! (It must be the time of year. See my Livejournal post for today.)
aelfie
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
You reminded me that I needed to make my post on this....I just downloaded 6 months of pictures off my camera...and I'm going back and making the posts on the pictures I took. =)
allanh
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Because I'm as picky about word usage as you are about researching a topic.
If you are changing something's color, you are dyeing it.

If you start to become dead, you are dying.

psi_star_psi
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
I don't want to get on the cart
And how do you know for what we use the dying tubs?

...

Perhaps I've said too much.
allanh
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't want to get on the cart
Well, you ARE into zombies...
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