Two New Colors

I got to play with the teal and periwinkle dyes. They became some rather nice samples, and I learned to not try to microwave-set a yard of yarn in a small glass jar with a whole teaspoon of dye solution by sticking it in the microwave for a minute.

Periwinkle Samples

Periwinkle Samples

Good thing it was superwash. Although it seems to have gotten fatter for some odd reason. Boiling must take off the superwash coating. The darker strand is the boiled one.

The one on the bottom is actually some of the Rebecca yarn, which I popped into the very hot, leftover dye water from the boiled superwash.

Can you see how the yarn almost looks like it’s glowing? It took me a bit to figure out why it was doing that. I think it’s because I just dunked the yarn in, gave it a couple seconds in the hot water, and pulled it out. The outer fuzzies dyed blue, but the core of the yarn is still cream. I may have to experiment with double-dyed yarns in the near future.

The teal became these nice color gradations, which are tests for the color I’ll dye the Rebecca wool.

Light to Dark

Light to Dark


I think I’ll be shooting for somewhere in the middle two tones. I hope I have enough dye! I got to thinking that the dye bottle says it will dye up to a pound. I don’t know if that means it’ll dye a pound the full color, or a light color. I’ve got over a pound and a half of wool to dye. I really hope it gets dark enough.

Oh, and I wound up with extra periwinkle and teal dye floating around, so I popped this lovely half-skein of commercial lace weight into the periwinkle, along with a length of hastily-saturated roving into the teal.

Blue Yarn, Green Roving

Blue Yarn, Green Roving

One Response to Two New Colors
  1. outandin
    January 15, 2009 | 1:47 pm

    I love both those colors. But then I always have!

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