It’s time for the first ever monthly post where I show off what I dyed up the previous month! I started hand dyeing yarn in January of 2019 after receiving the Greener Shades Beginner Yarn Dyeing Kit for Christmas. Currently I dye as a hobby: sometimes I have a project in mind, and sometimes I’m just playing with color. Since getting the kit, I’ve purchased cabinets full of acid dye powder, large pans, and other dyeing goodies. I have a mini dyeing studio setup in our laundry room and piles of hand-dyed yarn throughout the house.
Here’s what I created last month:
Note: The blue/gold on the right is not actually the one I dyed in February, but I dyed a skein in the same colorway on a 75/25 merino-nylon blend. It’s currently being used to knit a hat. (All of these skeins are 100% merino single-ply fingering weight yarn, my favorite base to dye on.)
I had no project in mind for the yarn above, but I had visions of something red with pink, purple, blue, and just a hint of orange. It turned out beautifully, except I used too much dye. The middle skein absorbed the rest of the color in the dye pot. At first I didn’t like the pink, but it’s growing on me.
I love the way it looks unfurled.
I dyed the left skein to be part of the Find Your Fade shawl I’m planning on knitting all with my own hand dyed yarn. The right skein is a duplicate of one I’m already intending to use in the shawl. (I don’t know why I do that; now I have two. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the other one.)
You can see why I want these two in a fade together.
A close up of some of the delicious speckles.
The above skein is also for my Find Your Fade. I have six skeins dyed up in all, and this one will go at the end of the fade while the two other skeins will go at the other. I wanted the fade to be subtle, so you’ll have to imagine what yarns might be going in-between. (I’ll post about it when I’m closer to casting on.)
This skein came out a bit darker than I intended, but I still love it.
And finally, something you’ve seen already:
The one on the left is the original, the one on the right is the attempt to re-create it without a recipe. (I forgot to write down what I was doing!) I’m very impressed with how close the second one came out.
My favorite colorway I’ve dyed so far. Thankfully I remembered to write down the recipe the second time!
For March, I want to get my hands on some undyed DK weight yarn for a kid-sized sweater. I’m thinking of spring colors and bright green speckles.