2 February 2008

It's addictive, this hand dyeing business

Totally addictive. Last night I was awake at 3.00 am pondering the effect that would result from painting skeins of yarn lengthwise, rather than in horizontal bands.

I haven't tried it yet. Does anyone know what it would look like? I'm considering unwinding a ball of commercially dyed sock yarn into a skein, to try and see how those clever self patterning designs work. That's how deep I'm in. Sad huh?

In the meantime, I went for solid colour.

green yarn

These skeins were wound from three balls of a rather ghastly beige 12 ply worsted from the op shop.

Son #2 and I dyed them, using the method described here. I love their delicious mossy greenness. To me they’re reminiscent of Tolkien’s forests; all rich and velvety to the touch and oh so luxuriously green.

hat

Some of the yarn was knitted up into this elfin baby hat, part of a commission from a friend.

hat

The rest of it is on the way to becoming a pair of fingerless mitts for the boy who participated in the dyeing with such enthusiasm and delight.

29 comments:

Bec said...

Tres, tres Tolkien. Absolutely.

As for the Golden Boy turning 12 - wasn't it just a nanosecond ago that your eldest had that birthday?

telfair said...

I echo the Tolkien -- it's just like a hat I would imagine Tom Bombadil wearing!

Katy said...

not sad at all! Yay for dyeing yarn.

Amy A. said...

That makes me want my very own elfin hat. Gorgeous.

You and son should be very proud. Making memories and hats!

Tish said...

Yarns to Dye For by Kathleen Taylor and the Twisted Sisters Sock Book by Lynne Vogel both give directions for dyeing striping sock yarn. I love that shade of green you got.

Ashley said...

I love your dyeing. I am glad to see that I am not the only one susceptible to that "Dyeing Bug" :)
Keep up the good work!

KT said...

Here is quite the tutorial..
http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/techniques_selfstriping_yarn.html

BabelBabe said...

i want that hat for ME. Because that green is GORGEOUS.

Donna said...

That knitted up beautifully, I love the variations in the color.


Can you get packets of Kool-Aid in Australia? Unsweetened drink mix full of artificial colors? Because of the citric acid in the mix, they dye wool yarn beautiful as well.

http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html

sueeeus said...

Gorgeous!!!

Frogdancer said...

Stop it stop it stop it!!!

You're making me want to do this. And when I start something new I get obsessive until I master it. And I don't have time to fit another new thing in.

But it looks like so much fun.... But I have no time....

Must resist.. must resist....

Dawn said...

Ooh...that IS a beautiful shade of green! I love dying things but I've never tried yarn- I've got to learn how to knit first :) I did get a knitting book though, the first step.

Jodie said...

You are on a winner here- op shops are always full of blah beigey type colours!

bluemountainsmary said...

on my screen it is the most lovely spring leaf green - not mossy - whatever it is it is very covetable.

emma said...

love the colours of the hat, so so mossy green,reminds me of a tasmanian forest! Wondering if anyone has any ideas on how you could set the dye without a microwave. Never thought I would hanker to own a microwave!

Isabelle said...

That is such a wonderful colour. Grass, moss, a colour our ancestors must have known well. Not to say the pixies.

samantha said...

the colours you are dying are very scrumptious. I have had a few dying attempts and it is fun, but I tend to make a big mess, and feel guilty about all the water I am using so have given it up. I wasn't getting those gorgeous colours either. might need a lesson from pea soup...

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sooz said...

Oh yeah. I look on with voyeuristic pleasure. I think perhaps as well as drafting we should do a spot of dying soon - no?

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Louise said...

Beautiful, beautiful green!!!

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h&b said...

pure gorgeousness.

Poppy & Mei said...

Oh now that I LOVE! Xxx

shula said...

I'm with Telfair.

That's got Tom Bombadill written all over it.

You could call it Lothlorien Green.

peppermintpatcher said...

It looks like the perfect hat for a gumnut baby!

belinda said...

Perfectly Tolkien-esque.
I am very excited to try this dying with some op shop yarn I scored some time ago, however I need to improve my knitting skills so I can knit something worthy of the beautiful yarn!
Thanks for the inspiration Suse.

vintagechica said...

That green is to die for...so gorgeous!

Stacey said...

Gorgeous shade of green! You've really got me interested in this hand dyeing business.

Kim said...

Oh that is my favourite by far.