Saturday, 30 August 2014

Dyeing Yarn Part Three

Morning folks.

The weather is looking a bit iffy while I write this blog post but it may clear up later on just like it did last weekend.

Anyway, it's been a few weeks since I did any blog posts about my dyeing yarn experiments so I thought I'd give u a bit of an update and share a couple more with you that I did a few weeks ago when the weather was warm enough to get the yarn dry.

When I was looking through my extensive yarn stash I found this Patons Fairytale Dreamtime 3ply yarn that I had bought for a project many moons ago and so I decided as it was 100% wool it would be just perfect.  First off all I caked it up into little parcels and then soaked in water.

Once I thought it had soaked for long enough I boiled some water and white vinegar in an old pan and once it was simmering I then immersed the four caked balls of yarn into the dye bath which I'd added navy blue food colouring to it.

I then left them soaking in the dye bath until they had cooled down and the yarn had soaked up the majority of the colour.  I then put them outside to dry off for a little bit.

I then skeined the caked yarn up and put them on the line to dry

I then got to thinking that the yarn looks like a summer sky with the blue and the white fluffy clouds and so here goes the yarn in a collage type thingy to show off the beautiful blue shades.  I've called the yarn 'Fluffy Clouds Blue Skies'.

I just need a project for the yarn now but in the meantime I'm just happy looking at the beautiful colours.

A few weeks ago I found a yarn shop called Fine Yarns in Horwich that sold handspun local yarn by Natural Lancashire Farm Wool that was perfect for dyeing and was very reasonably priced so I bought two skeins of 100gm double knitting weight to dye using food colouring and white vinegar again.

I caked the skeins up into two parcels and soaked them into a dye bath of water and white vinegar

and some food colouring called Lemon/Lime and Melon mixed together 

As this time the yarn was dry as I hadn't previously soaked it, the dye was soaked up straight away by the dry wool

I then re-skeined it using my yarn swift and left it to dry on the line outside.

The day after when it was fully dry I then made up another dye bath of lime green food colouring which I made up from the Lemon/Lime and Melon and a touch of blue Dr Oetker food dye too.  And then I submerged just half of the length of the skein into the dye bath and left it to cool.

Once dried outside the green and the yellow showed through and reminds me of lemon and limes, so I've named it Zesty Fruit.  Just need a pattern that will show off the gradients of colour so I think a nice cowl and maybe some arm warmers/fingerless gloves.  Just need to find the right pattern.

Hope you've enjoyed looking at my dyeing experiments.  I have a few more to share with you too so keep a look out in the next few weeks for them.

Have a nice day folks.

Take care
Tanya x 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Dyeing Yarn Part Two

Good evening everybody

I'm just popping on to show you pictures of another yarn dyeing experiment which I'm oh so very pleased with. 
For my birthday I received two balls of the most scrumptiously soft Wendy 4ply Merino Yarn which I thought would be ideal to dye. So as I normally do I wound the balls into skeins using my winder and then soaked the yarn in some warm water for an hour and then I mixed water and a little white vinegar in a pan and brought it to a simmer. 
I then added some Dr Oetker food dye in Hot Pink (the same make I used in my last experiment).
And then submerged the skeins of yarn into the pan and left them with the heat turned off until the dye had been soaked up and the water ran clear. 
Once the yarn had cooled I then rinsed it off with some washing up liquid and water in the sink and pegged it out to drip dry. 
And wow what an amazing colour 

I have called it my summer rose yarn as the colours are so like the rose in our garden. 

I now need to find an equally stunning knitting or crochet pattern that will suit this colour way. 

I have a few other dyeing yarn experiments to share with you but in the meantime take care. 

Tanya xx 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

My Finished Pebble Beach Shawlette

A few weeks ago there was a yarn event held at Brighton called Unwind. Unfortunately I wasn't able to go but followed the event via Twitter and Instagram and drooled over the yarns and woolly goods. 

A competition was held for designers and the winner was Helen from Curious Handmade with her beautiful Pebble Beach Shawlette pattern. Her winning entry was published in the Unwind brochure and also on Ravelry. 

I couldn't wait to buy the pattern and download it as it's such a beautiful design. I then realised it was a KAL project (knit along) and I'd never done one of these before so I dipped my toe and loved every minute. The aim was to knit so much week by week and finish before the 10th to enter Helen's competition. 

Well I finished it ahead of schedule and managed to take photos too. I also added beads to the Shawlette for a little bit of sparkle. I used to different shades of Aracuania yarn in toning greens and have enough left from the balls to make another one in reverse shades. 

I will definitely be knitting more of these and perhaps will use some of the yarn I've been dying and some more beads. 

Would love to say a big thank you to Helen for writing such a great pattern which was easy to follow and well written. 

Here are the pictures I've taken. 

Thank you for popping over to my blog today. 
Take care. 

Tanya xxx 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Dyeing Yarn Part One

Hello everyone 

You may remember that I posted about going to Woolfest in June and that I bought some undyed yarn. 

Well for the past few weeks I've been experimenting with different dyeing methods. 

For the first dyeing experiment I'm going to share with you I used the yarn I bought from DT Craft & Design which is a 75% superwash merino/20% nylon/5% silver stellina 4 ply sock yarn. It's so soft and very sparkly in the right light. 

I used some food colouring in purple, orange, blue and green. I knew from the start that they weren't going to be very strong and as I wanted to create something pastel coloured it was ideal. 

I soaked my yarn in some lukewarm water for an hour and whilst waiting I mixed the four dyes with some water and a bit of white vinegar (this provides the citric acid that binds the colour to the yarn when heat is added). 

I then squeezed the excess water from the yarn and then dipped it into the four colours leaving some yarn resting in between.  

I then put the glasses and yarn into the microwave for 1 minute bursts until the water had gone clear in each of the glasses. 

I then let the yarn cool down for a couple of hours and then rinsed it in the sink in some soapy water and hung it outside to dry.

Once dry I then wound it into a ball ready to use.

I just love the subtle colours the food dye created and now thinking of a project to make.

I'll be back very soon with another dyeing experiment. 

Thank you for looking. 

Take care
Tanya xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

August Christmas Fun

Hello everybody

Can you believe we're into August already!!!!

I don't know where this year has gone but I'm forging ahead with my Christmas card making and will have a website fully stocked with my monthly makes at the end of this month.

This month my make is a beautiful easel style card using one of the La Pashe CDs.

The ingredients I have used to make this card are:

  • 2 decoupage sheets printed from The Best of La Pashe Best of 2012 CD 1 (Once upon a Christmas time called Vintage Bridge)
  • Pinflair Glue used to put the decoupage together
  • Craftwork easel style card
  • Holly background paper from The Best of La Pashe Best of 2012 CD 
  • Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Glue called Cosmic Twinkles
  • Glossy Accents used on the lamp lights