Project Spectrum - Dying Experiment One
First off, I have to say that this was so much fun. I really enjoyed playing with the colors and seeing how they came out. I learned a lot and I know it will come in handy after dying the other yarns in months to come. I present a photodocumentary of my first big girl dying experience.....
Yarns to Dye For was a really really helpful book, I def reccomend it. I chose to use Rit dye for the first pair, mostly because I didn't have to order it. I chose to do two similar colors a dark and a light form of pink (they are Fushia and Pink) to try and get more of a mottled effect in the finished product.
The first skein.
It was too hard to take pictures mid dye, so here is the first complete skein. I discovered that it was much better to paint in big swatches than do little stripes. I discovered this once the yarn was heat set, it ended up blending in parts a little more than what I thought it would. I heat set it in microwave, I think if I could hae heat set it in a steamer, I could have kept the sections a little bit more separated. I also discovered that plastic wrap does not microwave well.
The practice skein drying.
I was so surprised at how much more vibrant the dye turned out. I don't know what I am going to do with this little skein, probably keep it for posterity.
All wound up!
Ta da! Here they are all wound up! I am pretty darn pleased with how they turned out. I let them hang dry on hangers outside on the porch, it was a really really nice day outside. They didn't take long to dry at all.
A sock is born!
And, this is how the yarn looks all knitted up. I am really really pleased. I am using the Go with the Flow pattern from IK a while back. I think they are going to look fab and it is so fun to say that I dyed the yarn.
It is going to be great to see how they turn out as well as to try different techniques in the coming months.
I will be MIA for the next week. Olive and I are taking alittle road trip up to Auburn and then up to Atlanta to see my family for the week. My mom and I will also be going to the Atlanta Sewing and Quilting Expo. She is looking forward to seeing all of the new sewing stuff and they supposedly have some yarn/fiber vendors which I am super excited about! Have a wonderful week everyone!
And, may I present the dog that loves yarn. I def think she is mine!