Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dyeing Again

Have you ever bought yarn. Then found it had languished in your stash for years?
That's what happened with this soft, fingering-weight yarn, that I bought many years ago. I had almost decided to just get rid of it. Instead, I decided to try to make it into something I wanted to work with. I used my Addi knitting machine and knit it into two, 100 gram tubes.
Then I used food coloring to create a collection of different colors by over-dyeing. I applied black, pink, purple, copper, and red to the yarn. Since I had two tubes I dyed them the same, or as similarly as is possible with a hand-dyed technique.
After steaming, washing and drying the tubes, I unraved them onto my niddy noddy.
Another bath to work out the kinks and I had to lovely hanks of yarn.
I wanted to work from the black to the black so I wound one with the black in the center and the other with the red in the center and the black on the outside.
This way, when I join the two balls together there shouldn't be a color change.

I am happy to say that I no longer want to give this yarn away. I'm really looking forward to knitting with this. I love experiments!

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