Friday, 19 April 2013
Taking the Good with the Rediculously Oversized!
Yesterday was a guild Dye Day. One of our members sets up an acid dye station, tables draped with plastic and all the necessary supplies needed. We show up, pay a nominal fee for the dyes and play. Most people brought silk warps to play with, but I brought a skein of sock yarn and some superwash roving. The dyes need to be steamed and while it could be done there, I have enough equipment to do it at home. I steamed the packets last night and let them cool overnight. This morning, I opened up the packets, rinsed them out and have spread them out to dry. All the dye set perfectly. There are several shades of the basic primary dyes so we get to mix and experiment to find the colours we want. Last time my sock yarn was a bit darker than I wanted. This time I went for bright!
The sock yarn has the pink and blue in 5 yard repeats, with 2 yards of purple in between each colour. Both th e purple yarn and turquoisy green in the roving came out better steamed than they did with the dye colour. I consider this a very successful dye experiment.