This weekend I successfully dyed some of my knit picks lace weight yarn. First though, let me show you how pretty the yarn from Cheryl’s party looks all skeined up. It reminds me of a creamcicle. Now I’m hungry.
Then over the weekend I tried my hand at some other dyeing methods which worked, however the outcome was not as I had imagined. The first was done in mason jars on the stove top. I divided the 800 yard skein of merino laceweight into 4 mini sections which was not as easy (or fun) as I thought it would be. I ever so scientifically mixed lots of ice blue raspberry lemonade with a teeny tiny bit of grape into mason jars using measuring spoons.
What I didn’t count on is that such a tiny amount of grape (1/8 tsp) added to many packets of blue raspberry would completely overpower the blue.
The result is nonetheless a beautiful skein of semi-gradient lavender, just not the denim blue I was hoping for. Just be forewarned if you plan to add grape to your mix.
The stove top method takes pretty much forever, so I dyed up my 2 skeins of alpaca/silk (total 880 yards) in the microwave instead. I used 2 packets of black cherry kool-aid which left quite a few white patches. I wasn’t happy with this mottled look, so I took the yarn into the back yard, laid it on a sheet of plastic wrap and poured one final mix of kool-aid over just the white patches. This worked like a charm, and the result is a bright semi-solid in a deep candy coral.
You can probably see how soft the yarn is from this photo. I mean it really is that soft. And man oh man is the color intensely vivid. This will make one sweet shawl.