together since she has all the supplies. On Mother's Day, after getting a bunch of stuff done around the house and yard, and before I had to come back to school, we did a quick dye job. A nice crafternoon activity.
The yarn came from Knit Picks, from their Bare line - a hank (skein) and a sock blank. The neat thing about the sock blank is that it is one long rectangle all knit up in stockinette stitch, and it is actually two strands of yarn. So, if you actually decide to knit a pair of socks (totally your choice - it's your yarn, after all), they'll look relatively the same in terms of the pattern. This is, of course, if you start both socks with the same end of the yarn. Otherwise you may end up with socks that are opposite. Nothing wrong with that. A lot of things in life are opposite and still work well together (like men and women, for instance).
There are a lot of different processes out there and dyes that can be used, including plant-based natural dyes. The dye my mom had comes in powder form, is mixed with water and a little vinegar to use for the actual dyeing process, which in this case involved squeeze bottles, bowls of dyed water, garbage bags, and a microwave. I'm supposed to caution you against doing this with anything you'd want to eat out of in the future (including the microwave, I think). What with the dye being somewhat toxic and all (not the "greenest" dye process in the world). Your best bet is to find something that works for you and the materials you have access to. And follow the directions.
|assortment of dyes, in liquid form|
|blank and hank, ready for dyeing.|
The sock blank was dyed by squeeze bottle and eye-droppers, with yellow first, then some red, then orange. I meant to have more yellow than the other colors, but it turned out just fine. And as bright as the colors were when I initially applied them, they mellowed out in the end.
I'm not sure yet what I'll do with each, but will post the finished product. Someday. When I've finished all the other projects I have going.