Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I've Been Led Astray

It all started with this book that I ordered from Amazon last week. It arrived in an unprecedented two days.

The Temptation

I have lots of Knit Picks bare merino lying around and I really needed to do something to occupy my mind. The skeins are not as long as the instructions called for so first I had to ball them up.

Ball The Skeins

Then they had to be re skeined to the right length. Use acrylic yarn to make lots of figure eight ties along the way so it doesn't tangle.

New Skeins

I soaked the yarn for an hour in vinegar and water for an hour and mixed the dye. If you are using acid dye be sure to wear a dust mask.

Prepare The Dye

Even though it looks like the same color it's actually two shades of blue and I've alternated the pots. I left the yarn in the pots about an hour and then transferred them to a plastic covered surface where with a sponge brush I added some black on the spots left bare. No picture of that since I really couldn't do it myself and I was alone.

The Dye

I gently wrapped in plastic wrap and nuked it 3 minutes on high, 3 minute rest for a total of 9 minutes with the 3 minute rest in between.
Ready to Nuke

I let the whole mess sit for about three hours to cool off on it's own and then gently rinsed it in the washing machine until there was no more color in the water. I did NOT spin it, I simply used the machine because it was larger than a sink.


Hung the whole mess up to dry.


The finished product.


Now I have 200 grams of pretty blue variegated yarn, about 480 yards. Now I just have to find a project for it.

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Blogger Rudee said...

Beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. I have some of this bare marino and haven't venture there yet. I'll get around to it.

November 18, 2008 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Oh my, that is really cool!

November 19, 2008 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Rudee, it's fun and it really kept my mind off the upcoming funeral.
Thanks Brenda, this time I used acid dye instead of kool aid. I think the color will stay better...

November 19, 2008 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger ..... Carmen said...

It's beautiful! Just dropped by your blog, I'm a friend of Tina's. I think Elliotte would look smashing in a sweater knit with that ;)

November 21, 2008 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Hi Carmen, thanks for dropping in. Your right about the yarn although I'm not sure 400 yards is enough for a sweater. I was thinking a hat and scarf for the big T...

November 22, 2008 at 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its beautiful! when I was reading the part where you added black, my mind thought, black?! But seeing the finished product black was the perfect color to add. Its beautiful! What about a hat and a pair of fingerless mitts? Great job at the dying girl, great job!

November 22, 2008 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Aw shucks, Amanda thank you. Yes a hat and gloves definately crossed my mind. Now I just need to find a nice pattern...ciao

November 22, 2008 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

I had that book checked out from our library. I was not as motivated to break out the dye pot. Your results are lovely.

November 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger randi K design said...

Great job! Wow.. The yarn turned out very nice!

February 5, 2009 at 11:12 PM  

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