This week was the start of a new obsession skill, learning to dye yarn. I’ve got nothing but “new mom” pride for this silly little skein of yarn, my first go at hand painting yarn. In my eyes, it is perfect and beautiful and can do no wrong. Someday it may even grow up to be a pretty hat to brighten up the cold, gray winters. And dyeing it was so much fun. I am seriously having to stop myself from dyeing any and all yarn in my stash left over from previous products. It’s helping that I may have used up all my food coloring this past weekend. But I do need to stop at the grocery store on my way home from work tonight for some milk, so while I’m there….

What else is going on this week?

Knitting: Still working on my Belgravia tee, which is making progress. I’m almost done with the front and I am really loving how it is looking so far. I also cast on another pair of socks. This time I’m working the herringbone rib socks in SweetGeorgia tough love sock yarn I picked up at the Knitter’s Frolic.

Reading: Still working on Daughter of Smoke and Bone – about half way through now. And I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on different yarn dyeing techniques (see, it’s taken over!).

Listening: While commuting and working in the lab, I’ve been listening to Royal Assassin as an audio book downloaded from my local library. I love the downloadable books most libraries have available now, though it does mean I usually only go to the physical library to renew my card, which is a little sad.

Linking up with KCCO and yarn along.

17 Comments on Dye-licious

  1. this is absolutely GORGEOUS! did you ‘teach’ yourself this dyeing? take a class? Please tell me it was a class that there is no way I could possibly sign up for…because I WANT TO DO THIS!!!! (and I really don’t need another obsession.)

  2. Your yarn is so gorgeous, Brandy! I love those colours. I think it would make a lovely hat.
    I dyed yarn with food colouring once but the colours weren’t quite as saturated… it was a few years ago though so maybe I’ll give it another shot!

    • It is a lot of fun, but you are right, getting nice saturated colors can be hard. These have faded just a bit in the mean time and aren’t quite as jewel toned as I would wish for, but I think you can also start off with a gray based yarn to get deeper tones to the color using gel pastes.

    • Be careful with the red food coloring. It has almost no light-fastness. I dyed a gorgeous hydrangea purple skein, then I noticed light blue patches in it. I read up on it and found out about its properties, so I left it outside on purpose and faded to pale blue by the end of the day. The good news is that I just started using acid dyes, which also just need vinegar to set, and my reds should stay awesome! (fingers crossed)

    • I took up dyeing because it’s cheaper to buy the wool and dye your own and I am going through sock yarn like crazy, so I wanted to try to save a little money. And it is really a lot of fun (even if it is a bit unpredictable!).

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