Saturday, 28 July 2012

To Dye For...

So, as I mentioned yesterday, boyfriend had a go at dyeing yarn *grins* He'd been quite impressed with my attempt  some time ago, and had suggested he might find it fun to have a go. So I bought undyed yarn at Knit Nation and ordered some more Kool Aid. We agreed that he could dye the yarn for my use, being somewhat reluctant to venture into the land of crazy coloured socks himself. Works for me ;)

We assembled our supplies:


I decided, having reviewed my sock yarn stash, that I was lacking in the green department, so we went with blue, green and yellow Kool Aid. I did order a purple one as well, in case a blue/purple combo might work, but we didn't use that in the end.

Boyfriend looked beautifully fetching in yellow rubber gloves and my cowprint apron *laughs* However, and I'm sorry to disappoint, to save his blushes there will be no photographic evidence of this. He did look cute though, especially while he was concentrating on dipping the yarn into different colours and being quite specific about what he wanted next ;)

Dyed and ready to go into the microwave to cure:


These colours are obviously a bit more saturated due to the yarn being wet. Also, being a wool/tencel blend, the yarn only adheres to the animal fibre and not to the tencel, so the final product looks a little different. However I was prepared for this, having dyed the same blend myself. I actually quite like the almost chalky quality of the colour. Next time I'll go for something a bit more vibrant though ;)

I took quite a few pictures of the finished skein (or hank if you prefer) to show off the subtle colour variations.



 Boyfriend has named his colourway "Seaweed of Endor" and is, I believe, really quite proud of it *smiles* I can't wait to knit with it and see how the colours combine, I love the icy blue sections particularly. Better get knitting socks fast!

18 comments:

  1. hey, he did a pretty good job, didn't he! well done Mr Pinkundine!

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  2. Looks good! It sounds like he had fun, too. Now to see if I can convince my dude to participate in yarn dyeing. Hmmm...

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  3. That's a darn good job, I love it!

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  4. Beautiful yarn. "Seaweed of Endor"...LOL!!! Is that as in Middle Earth or as in Ewoks?? Either way, I'm amused. =)

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  5. Very pretty. I am a sucker for blue/green comobos. I love the name!

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  6. PS: I think there is a sock pattern called "Seaweed"....

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  7. what a nice arrangement: he dyes, you knit. he is OBVIOUSLY a keeper :) Is he keen to dye some more yarn?

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  8. I love the colorway, and the name. Great to know there are more Star Wars fans who love fiber out there!

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  9. what a lovely, bright green!

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  10. Seriously...those colors are lovely!

    –Cassandra

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  11. Love, love, love!! So much fun!

    - Alex

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  12. Looks really good! Where do you buy Kool Aid from?

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  13. That is very cool! Maybe that's how I get my BF to start supporting my habit! He has been known to be crafty!!! Thanks for the inspiration! The colourway is STUNNING!

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  14. Ben, very proud of you! Love the colours and even understood the name, and if you ask Natalie you will understand that that is a big deal for me!

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  15. Your boyfriend (and his newly-dyed yarn!) is clearly awesome. :D I like the colours (blue-green-yellow is a favourite colourway of mine), and I love the name, being a Star Wars fan.

    I have some Kool-Aid floating around for dyeing, but haven't attempted it yet...

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  16. How cool that your boyfriend did that with you. The colors turned out pretty.

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