3.06.2010

Dyeing for Spring

I’m ready for spring. I’m sure that is true nationwide. OK, I love snow and winter, but time to move on to the next season.

Below are my inspirations, along with how I got the colors. 

Bright flowers and sunshine were my inspiration as a got out my dyeing supplies. My husband always helps me.009 Looks like he found a knot.

So first thing, yellow, I need some yellow yarn! Yellow like the sun that gives spring life.

All yarn is soaked in water 15 min to saturate and then gently squeeze out excess

[4 T of Acid Dye (Jacquard) in water, golden yellow, microwave for 5 min. and let sit for 1 hour, rinse in cool water, and gently squeeze excess water out, sprinkle some of the same color over the yarn, while tossing, microwave 4 min and let sit for 1 hour, rinse in cool water, and hang to dry]036020

 

OK soaking, Now some pink, pink for the little pink buds of wildflowers013 014

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[1 t of Acid Dye in water, microwave for 5 min. and let sit for 1 hour, rinse in cool water, and gently squeeze excess water out]

And I need to add some black, to remind us of the night.

[place black dye into a salt shaker and sprinkle over yarn, careful to toss, colors may muddy, microwave for 3 min and let sit for 1 hour, then rinse in cool water and hang to dry]

I dyed this a  light orange color, because I was thinking of summer and dream sickles,

but I felt like it needed a punch of color.

Add some reds, and more red, like a vivid sunset,

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[sprinkle red onto the yarn, tossing after each sprinkle, until you have it evenly distributed, microwave for 3 min and let sit for 1 hour, then rinse in cool water and hang to dry]

 

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Yes that is good

Now green, like new grass, little soft sprigs, that we can sit down in and smell spring.

[Place wet yarn, in 3 cups of cool water with a 1/2 t. of light green acid dye, microwave for 5 min, let sit for several min., then sprinkle same color over top, tossing as you go, until your happy with the look, microwave for 3 min and let sit for an hour, then rinse in cool water and hang to dry]

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OOO pretty.

Daffodils that come up through that last snow

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[Mix 2 T of orange dye into a little water as possible to dissolve, now drop this onto the damp yarn, microwave for 4 min and let sit for an hour, then rinse in cool water and hang to dry]

Yes, now, a little pink and orange, like my tulips that are easy to grow and keep us smiling.

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[1 t of Acid Dye (Jacquard) in water, orange, microwave for 5 min. and let sit for 30 min, rinse in cool water, and gently squeeze excess water out]

[sprinkle pink onto the yarn, tossing after each sprinkle, until you have it evenly distributed, microwave for 3 min and let sit for 1 hour, then rinse in cool water and hang to dry]

OK, good, now I’m ready to let these dry, I call these my “lights” collection. My next dyeing batch is very vivid!

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Now go knit up some bright colors for yourself!

If you need some great patterns, check out the ones below, all one skein, quick and cute.

From Knitting with Laura, a sleep mask pattern, for your night shift workers or late sleepers.

From PDXknitterati a spiral rib cap

I love this and have always wanted to knit it, one skein of Kidsilk Haze, pattern from Rosemary Hill, published in Knitty winter 07, Ice Queen, a knitted cowl.

I like these serpentine mitts from Mimknits

And everyone needs a shopping or market bag, this is a nice one from Thesmartyarn.com

11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous colors! You've definitely captured 'spring'.

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  2. Love the green and pink/black one!

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  3. These definitely are springy colors! Congrats on being the etsy blogger for March, Springtime gal!

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  4. Wow, I had no idea how this process took place. Thanks for sharing and I love all the colors but the pink and yellow is my favorite.

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  5. Lovely colors! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. those turned out beautifully! I don't know how to knit, but if I did I would buy these lovely colors!

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  7. Very fun blog! Great to see the process and the finished product! Lovely colors!!!

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  8. Beautiful, colorful blog! I crochet and you have really caught my eye. Congrats for Blogger of the year! Hugs, http://www.katscozykrafts.etsy.com

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  10. I love those colors!! Gorgeous yarns.

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  11. interesting to see how you dye yarn. I dye stuff, too!

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