I’m up to something again. Here, winding off skeins of Shibui & Madelinetosh sock yarns. I’m drowning myself in skinny yarn. I did mention something about knitting socks with it however, a few posts back . . .
Which I am doing.
My nieces are coming in a few days, and I am going to rewrite my original Penny Candy Socks pattern completely different ~~ very soon~~ so , I’m madly knitting the above pair (in Malabrigo Sock) for another fun photo session with them !
Then there’s this madness , heaps of skinny Knit Picks Stroll sock yarn (which by the way, like Shibui and Malabrigo, is from Peru) and very fine Lana Grossa (from Italy) . . . over-dyed and drying still . . .
I nearly spent a mint on some fancy hand-dyed superwash Malabrigo Arroyo (I sooo wanted to) , which is a sport weight, for I am erupting with ideas already for Autumnal Equinox sweaters, but decided instead to over-dye a mess o’ sock yarn I had on hand which was bound for nowhere. Was 4 balls of light blue Stroll — now cayenne red, 4 balls of light grey Stroll –now mustard yellow, 1 ball of hot pink Lana Grossa, — now deep garnet. All now a very lovely array of Autumn tones, achieved with Dharma Trading acid dyes in colors “cayenne” , “mustard” , & “maroon” .
I had spent hours going color crazy at the kitchen last night ~ while cooking dinner (a habit I always seem to get into ). Today all is calm, and quiet, winding off like a busy bee hive, immersed in this lovely yarn-scape.
How I love rescuing a boring yarn with a bit of dye!!! Your final colours are gorgeous!!!
By the way, the Penny Candy Socks look real cute! 😉
Raymonde !!! Omg.. where to start? I am going to likely be doing a Penny Candy Pullover for Autumn… so hold tight on that long-sleeved version. Cant decide. How’s your Penny Candy Tee coming along??? Sizzling I imagine ! xx
It’s coming along great!!! xx
I would never think to overdye yarn – yet I have so much that is not quite the colour I want. I will have to be big and brave and give it a go. Your results look fab.
Don’t let your dear friend Helen hear you admit that ! 😉
Oh yes, great for merging off colors…..with an overdye of one. However, you must be willing to lose everything too, sometimes the yarn goes from bad to worse. 😉 xx
I love all of Helen’s. but my stash is huge and some stuff always get bypassed. Maybe it is because of the colour. I understand what you mean, though. I could make it even worse.
Why not make a trip to Helens, and dip your yarns in her dyes? 🙂
Oooooo Jen, that yarn! Those are my colours.
Really ? Nice ! You’re probably a lover of Autumn like me, aren’t you? 🙂 xx
I love these. How much dye did you use for all of these? Are they all kettle dyed?
If you mean by kettle dyed, as in a big pot over the stove… yes ! 🙂 I used Dharma Trading Co. Acid Dyes … their version of Jaquard Acid Dye.
Here : http://www.dharmatrading.com/dyes/dharma-acid-dyes.html?lnav=dyes.html
Thank you Jen. This was the exact colours I was looking for. I had to ask how much because I wanted to order the dye from dharma. I think the smallest container is 2oz. Next size is 8oz. Is that enough? How long did you let it stay in the pot? Sorry so many questions! Haha, I’m just really interested in how to do it.
Lets see, I used “Cayenne, Maroon, and Mustard Yellow” .. .I tend to mix & match, being that the mustard yellow got a little Cayenne or some other red too” I really would like to say follow the directions… that said, you must read my post over here about some crazy over-dye moments of my past . Category ” Dying” : https://jenjoycedesign.wordpress.com/category/dying/
As for how much…. I can’t quite remember, the directed amount… probably all together, in different shades, a few tablespoons?