Fresh From the Dyepots: February 2020

A pile of beautiful hand-dyed yarns twisted into skeins in a variety of colors.

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:

A row of beautiful hand-dyed yarns twisted into skeins in a variety of colors.

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.)

Three beautiful hand dyed yarns twisted into skeins. The two on the ends are red with hints of blue, pink, purple, and orange. The middle one is pink.
I’m still working on perfecting the skein twist.

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.

Two skeins of beautiful hand-dyed yarn. One is untwisted and one is twisted into a skein. They are both red with hints of pink, purple, blue, and orange.

I love the way it looks unfurled.

Two skeins of hand dyed yarn, photographed from the end. Both are white with gold, teal, and black. The left one has more black and less gold and teal.

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.)

Two skeins of hand dyed yarn, unfurled. Both are white with gold, teal, and black. The top one has more black and less gold and teal.

You can see why I want these two in a fade together.

A close up of unfurled hand dyed yarn in white speckled with teal, gold, and black.

A close up of some of the delicious speckles.

A twisted skein of hand dyed yarn in a very dark gray with some bright green and magenta at one end.
That green! I need to make a skein of just that green.

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.)

A close-up of part of a twisted skein of hand dyed yarn in a very dark gray with some bright green and magenta at the visible end.

This skein came out a bit darker than I intended, but I still love it.

And finally, something you’ve seen already:

Two twisted skeins of hand-dyed yarn, both a dark, moody blue with coppery gold throughout. There's also a bit of light purple around the gold parts.

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.

Two skeins of hand-dyed yarn, both a dark, moody blue with coppery gold throughout. There's also a bit of light purple around the gold parts. The left skein is unfurled and the right one is twisted.

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.