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« on: February 10, 2009 10:23:38 PM »

These are from my third round of yarn dyeing.  I think I'm getting the hang of it now Wink
For reference, I use yarn recycled from sweaters and learned how to dye yarn from this tutorial on Knitty and this tutorial on PieKnits.


Lionfish


Plankton


Iceberg


Giant Squid

The Plankton is super-bright, but at a cost.  I used way too much dye.  In fact, I used so much dye, that the leftover dye in the cups as I was rinsing them out was enough to dye the base of Iceberg to the nice pale blue.  If I'd found a way to save all the dye that bleed from the Plankton as I was rinsing it, I probably could have dyed another skein.  It took me 10 rinses to get the water to run clear!  So let this be a lesson to you: 1 1/4 tsp of the Wilton's dye is WAY TOO MUCH for 100g of sock-weight merino.

Another fun story about this batch: the Giant Squid is so named because of the elusiveness of the colorway.  The subtle gray, brown, and purples were a complete surprise: I actually used dye from a bunch of different dye-tests, all mixed together, to dye this yarn.  The dye water actually looked dark forest green! I had no idea I was going to end up with this color, but I'm definitely not complaining!
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009 10:51:15 PM »

I love them. I really love the names.  They fit each skein perfectly.  My favorite is Iceberg & I really love Lionfish.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009 06:35:19 AM »

The plankton is beautiful! Big fan of rich, saturated colors!
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009 08:41:32 AM »

I love them all! I now want to go to the thrift store and find a sweater to recycle!
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