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How to Tie a Yarn Hank for Dyeing
from Tuesday Stitches
The yarns I'm experimenting with at this point are all pure wool:
The other worsted weight yarn I tried was Paton's Classic Wool Worsted Yarn in Winter White, but I prefer the Fishermen's Wool. It is slightly scratchier which means that it will stick to wooden needles a bit better for beginning knitters. It is currently $13.14 for 465 yards, which is 2.8 cents per yard. The Paton's is currently $7.97 for 210 yards, which is 3.8 cents per yard.
One of the things I'm looking forward to trying next is different kinds of yarn in the same dye bath, to see how they take the color differently.
The iron filings are something I had on hand for Physics experiments. It's $14.70 for a pound. I used several shakes, so about 2 tsp.
You can see that the "used" blueberry and beet pots gave a paler version of their original color, but the iron continued to strengthen the mint color as it sat and so the second hanks in the mint came out much darker. It's lovely!
Pictures of the Dyeing Process:
you are supposed to soak the wool first but I always forget
the color turned out to be quite similar to the tea
so that the yarn wouldn't get bits of skin in it
and we also dyed wool yarn with blackberry
I have more notes about the dyeing processes we used in my previous post.
I'm excited to start experimenting with new things (new fibers, different combinations of dyestuffs, new weights... and even embroidery floss)! In the midst of all of the stress of staying safe and of preparing for a new school year, having this hobby has really brought me a lot of joy.
In case you're interested, here's how the Ancient Phoenicians made their incredible purple dye. Scientists finally figured it out! They knew what kind of snail it was but the actual process was lost for thousands of years. The snails were boiled in huge lead pots by the side of the sea, which means that the perfect recipe includes metal (like my mint) and oxygen (like indigo)...
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