Friday, September 3, 2010

Digging out forgotten dyes.

Beautiful Rachel Yarn!

Wednesday I was in the mood to dye. Lately, it seems as if I have to force myself, which is not a good thing if this is something you love to do. What happened was that Tues night, as I was working in the laundry/dyeing studio, I decided to go through my dye collection and haul out some that had been forgotten. Of course I then wanted to play with the colors, and Wednesday morning, that's just what I did. And I had such a good time. I played with avocado, teal, grape juice and salmon, plus of course I added other colors to the mix. Such fun. It was better than opening a new box of crayons.

I haven't done much with salmon. It is such a distinct color, and for some reason, I never combine it with anything else. But not this time. The first yarn is totally salmon with nothing else added. Then you can see how the dye solution morphed into 3 very different colorways. You add a bit of this and that, and voila, you get something totally new.


From here, the dye pot became Latte, and that became Harvest, which then turned into Sunlight.

Trust me, that was all done using the first basic salmon dye solution.

I also played with teal and avocado.

Here is the first one done with avocado, Greener, with just a pinch of turquoise added for a bit of sparkle.

And then the teal yarn, Bluegrass.

Then I combined them with bit of the Harvest solution to the colorway, Autumn Dreams.

Then I moved on to Grape Juice, and made Grapes, of course.

And that solution plus a bit of the leftover green solution, made Wildflowers.

And then a combo of everything floating around, Moody River.

I'm back to knitting socks again. This time I want the yarn to be the focus, not the pattern, so I'm using a simple rib pattern: k5, p2. The yarn is Rachel, the one I dyed above. Approx 400 yards of 100% superwash merino in a pretty tight twist which makes the nicest fabric.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, everybody. And if you don't celebrate Labor Day, then have a wonderful weekend anyhow.

1 comment:

Henya said...

Are Wildflowers taken? If not I want them.


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