Friday, January 6, 2017
How Did Science Sneak Into My Knitting?!
Learning how to dye yarn has been an interesting process. There's a somewhat complicated relationship between dye, heat, acid, and fiber that I'm still trying to fully understand. Mess with even one of those variables, and there will be a change. That then leads to the following questions:
What did I just do?
Do I like it enough to try doing it again?
Mind you, I'm just introducing myself to color theory as well. And the first lesson I learned is that when you have a colorway that isn't working out, you can usually save it by making it dark purple or dark brown. Let's just say my stash currently has a LOT of dark purple and dark brown.
The above skeins worked out relatively well though. Still a beginner's effort, but pretty. You can see with three of them that I was messing with variations of pinky peach.
And that super purple guy third from the right ~ yeah, that was one of those skeins. There is a fair amount of silk in that particular yarn, and I was quickly reminded that this affects the way the dye is taken up. Plus I messed with the water temperature. Things got weird, and I eventually had to call upon of the power of purple to save me.