Monday, September 8, 2014

Hand Dyed Yarn

I dyed several skeins of fingering (sock weight) yarn. One skein was 100% wool, the rest were 75% wool 25% nylon. 3 of the skeins were superwash, meaning you can machine wash the yarn without it felting and shrinking, 5 skeins were not superwash. It was interesting to see how the different yarns took the dye. I added yellow dye first, then turquoise dye, next magenta dye and finally royal blue. I used a squirt bottle to squirt each dye in random places over the skeins of yarn that were lined up inside a plastic tub. As each dye was applied the colors combined to also create some purple color, green and orange. Most of the yellow disappeared as the other colors were added. I should have made sure the dye absorbed all the way through the skeins, because I ended up with quite a bit of white yarn that the dye didn't reach. Overall I am pleased with how the yarn dyed. It's always a gamble when dyeing yarn or fabric. The yarn really drank up the dye very quickly too. I see a sweater, some socks and a scarf in my knitting future using these yarns.
This yarn is 75% wool 25% nylon. It is not superwash.
All 8 skeins of yarn that I dyed.
This yarn is 100% wool and not superwash. I don't remember if this skein was on the far end of the plastic tub that I used when dyeing the yarn and took the dye differently because of how I applied the dyed or if it's the fact that it is all wool?
I dyed 2 of these skeins. It's a superwash 75% wool 25% nylon blend and there are little flecks in the yarn.
This is 75% wool 25% nylon superwash yarn. It's like the one above only no flecks.
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  1. Oh the colors really came out nice! Looks like it was a lot of fun.

  2. Great colors! I'll be waiting to see what you do with them. You are very creative.

  3. OOOh. Beautiful. But I can remember trying to dye things many years ago. That is a messy process. Love the colors and no they will look really pretty when you are done knitting.

  4. I can't wait to see your finished knit items. Your colors are great. I have some sock yarn but haven't gotten to look for dyes yet. What kind of dyes did you use?

  5. That's interesting! I'm thinking that it's a creative way of changing the look of recycled yarn (I undo old sweaters and such to recycle the yarn). Like Donna, I would like to know what kind of dyes you use.
    I think that the white parts lighten the whole and I'm certainly looking forward to see what the result will be once the yarn is knitted.

  6. I like that you dye yarn. I enjoy dyeing fabric. Do you use Dharma products? Dharma is my favorite source for dyeing, painting, resisting etc... If you have another source I would love to know what it is.

    Your yarn is beautiful!

  7. That looks like fun Daryl! I think it may be a good thing that I don't have time to add another fun thing to my list of things I want to do LOL!!! Your yarns turned out so pretty - they will make up beautifully!

  8. you did a great job, I couldn't find where you mentioned what kind of dye that you used. what are you going to make, I love the variety of colors. Did you have a project in mind before you dyed the wool or did you just dye enough so you can have many options?

  9. This is awesome! I have wanted to try this for a while, and you have just inspired me! Thanks for linking up! ~Chelsey


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