Monday, August 10, 2009

Maiden Dye-age

FYI: This post is going to be picture heavy but it's totally worth it!

I have been itching to dye some of my own knitting yarn for a while. So when my friend decided to buy some Dylon Dye to dye a dress from a champaign color to a rich dark purple and it came out AMAZINGLY. Seeing the results motivated me to dye some yarn. I went to the store and found the perfect shade of baby pink dye.

Then I picked my yarn....
I got this Plymouth Yarn - Dye For Me sock yarn from my LYS back home, The Knitting Bee

I had some left over Fingering yarn from The Fibre Company that is made from alpaca, bamboo and merino

Finally I had some of this Plymouth Encore Worsted in an ivory color laying around. It's 75% Acrylic and 25% wool. I didn't know what to expect with this but figured it was worth a shot to see what happened when I dunked it in!

Then it was time to set up
I got my little dyeing area ready, washed the yarn and got the pink dye ready for use

Then I started dyeing... I wanted the sock yarn to knit up mostly white with little bits of pink so I stuck just the ends in the pink dye while the yarn was still wet. The fingering I wanted mostly pink with a little white so again I hung it over the edge with most of it in the dye.

For the worsted I just stuck the whole thing in because I figured whatever happens happens... since it was mostly acrylic I didn't know how well the yarn would take the dye.

I let the yarn sit in the dye for 15-20 minutes then it was time for the rinse off.... look at how close the color on the package matches the color on the yarn. So impressed!

After a few rinses it was time for the agonizingly slow process of letting the yarn dry. Uggh I wanted to play with it already!!!

But it was totally worth the wait

The Plymouth Dye For Me

The Fibre Company Fingering

The Plymouth Encore


Overall I love love love the results... in fact that I'm so happy with the results I ordered some more naked yarn to dye soon.... next time multiple colors!!

1 comment:

Jocelyn said...

Wow! That is the softest shade of pink ever! I love how the Dye for Me skein turned out. Great work, Lindsay. Now to see them knitted up.....