7 October 2012

To Dye For

Yesterday I had such a good day.  Pauline & I attended a Dye Workshop given by Clare of Boo's Attic fame.  What fun, this really was more me than the spinning.  More like cooking and I felt more or less in control of what I was doing.

Firstly, I dyed a skein of sock yarn - which was a Super wash wool and nylon mix.  These are the colours I went for

and this is what I got - wow!

I then followed up after lunch dyeing my skein of Black Hills Boucle Chunky which is 70% wool and 30% mohair.  It was interesting to see the difference in take up of yarn.  With the super wash there was no surplus dye in the rinsing water, but with the Boucle; I nearly had a heart attack when I took it out of the steamer and saw a huge purple mess, so much dye, not sure how much water I used to rinse this but the end result is very subtle. I wished there had been more green and the orange is more of less lost, but the overall result is very organic looking. 

This yarn I plan to make into a cowl or a short scarf - there is only 150 grams and so not really much else I can do with it, especially as I'm not a hat person

The super wash sock yarn 100grams/400 meters - so there is enough for a shawlette.

Can't wait for the yarns to dry so I can wind them up and see how they look. A big thank you to Clare for a great day out


  1. They look wonderful! The undyed boucle looked very uninspiring, but dyed, it looks like it could be many things. I look forward to seeing what they turn into!

  2. FUNFUNFUN! I'm loving the boucle- the way those purples blend into the mossy green- just beautiful.

  3. WOWZERS!!! I CANNOT wait to see them knitted up!

  4. Sounds like you had a good time, and you certainly have some fab yarn to show for it. I especially like the boucle, but I bet the bright one will be fun.

  5. Oh Sue! Both of those skeins turned out amazing! Especially the sock yarn, it is gorgeous! I'll definitely be looking forward to seeing both skeins knitted up. I hope you dye more in the future!

  6. What a fun experience! I can't wait to see the yearn knit up into projects. It is very satisfying to knit yarn your have dyed yourself.


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