Dyeing away

Guess what? I found one skein in natural. Yeay!!! So I’ve been thinking what to do with it colourwise and thought I’d make it a two-step dye. 

First I’ve dyed it in Jeaba cold colours transparent with a tiny bit of cerise. I eorked in the dye until it covered the whole skein. Very little dye in fact so it barely soaked the whole skein. Then I added a few drops of cerise just before finishing. It’s wonderful already! Reminds me of my orchids. 

   
   

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Happy New Year!!!

Tove spent the New Year’s Eve with my family, taking tea and watching Doctor Who (funny enough that Robin Hood episode with Clara in that amazing outfit). I did some knitting, while Tove resisted the temptation due to a stiff shoulder. 

We also discussed colour analysis and laughed about our colour choises in our DK Tosh shawls. So here’s Mrs Blue Shawl and Miss Orange Shawl wishing you all an amazing and knitty 2016!

  

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Seven blue shawls

To the question “how many shawls do you need of your favourite color” I’ve always said seven. Tove and I laugh about it sometimes when we think we’ve knitted too many shawls for ourselves.

I’ve learnt something essential lately with regard to my favourite color: Blue. For the last few yesrs the colors I love best are light blue snd dark blue. (I guess I keep sharing that bit about myself huh…) There are two chakras, the one in the forehead, the third eye with he color of indigo and the one on the throat which is light blue. In the latter I’ve always experirnced some serious blockage. Now I learnt that my third eye is overstimulated. Turns out I use it a lot to channel other peoples emotions. I’ve known for quite a while that I channel other peoples emotions, just not that I used the third eye to do so. I was told that I need to carry or wear something blue to help with these chakras. I said how curious it is that I’m so drawn tho these colors. In return I was told it’s because I reslly need them.

As it happens I’ve finally taken up my knitting again. (Nowadays I can knit a few rows when the family is gathered without having someone tearing my knitting away). I’m knitting a shawl from that gorgeous indigo silk/merino blend I dyed this summer. I have felt all along that I can’t wait for it to be finished and that I really need it. Turns out I do. More than I thought.

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The latter image is more true to the real color.

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Adding color

Sometimes dying doesn’t become what you want it to. I fought the urge to keep the yarn as it was anyway. It wasn’t ugly or anything, just didn’t feel like it was for me. I tried the food colors which turned into a minthy green. When feeling it wasn’t my cup if tea I tried to darken it with Jacquard’s Acid Dye Teal… But the yarn didn’t want to suck too much of the dye up. So the result was a little darker minty green. Darn it!

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So I decided to have a go with my cold colors (Jeaba) to see if I could make something better! I added dark greens, purple and blue to it.

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And tada! I’m soo pleased! I shall name it Star Whale.

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A moss green west goes teal

Remember that moss green west I knitted with the coconut shell buttons? I don’t blame you if you don’t. It was ages ago. It was knitted in a madelinetosh that I dyed with mushrooms and well, I’ve heard that dying with mushrooms doesn’t hold the color too well. It had turned more towards a dirty brown and yellowy shade.

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I decided to try the Jacquard’s Acid Dye Teal that Tove brought me back from the States.

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The really cool part is how in some places the moss green still comes through. It gives the west more life. I’ve already used it twice since re-dying it. Love it!

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Dyeing with cold colors (Jeaba)

Dyeing with cold colors like Jeaba (which is the ones we tried) is more like painting your yarn. The colors are liquids that you blend as you like. There are yellow, blue, red, pink and purple available. Additionally there’s a transparent and a black. The transparent is used to make your color blends lighter and the black to make the blends darker.

Depending on how you apply the colors you will also affect the shading. If you work in just a little of your color blend to the skein you get lighter shades and if you use more color you get more vibrant shades.

I usually prepare some plastic food wrap and place the dry skein on it. The color blends I put in bowls next to me. Then I apply a little at the time working my way around the skein. Once I’m satisfied I wrap the plastic around the skein and let it rest over night.

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Then I wash the skein thoroughly in cold water and hang it to dry.

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My cold colors: The green blend and the violet and blue blend.

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Tove’s cold colors.

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Jacquard acid dyeing 

I bought these dyes in California last summer but hasn’t tried them until now. Out of the four colours I bought, we tried three: Periwinkle, Deep Orange and Vermillion. 

   
    
 
We started with Periwinkle, which came out a deep purpley blue that reminded us of the Tardis. We did two 100g skeins at the same time and ended up having to add more dye twice to avoid undyed bits remaining. 

   
 
These rather creepy looking dye baths are Deep Orange and Vermillion respectively. I ended up adding quite a bit of Vermillion to my orange since it was bright bright BRIGHT orange. I also had a partial sock yarn skein I dunked in this bath once this skein was all done. 

Finally, in the morning when I realised I had dyed my merino silk in crazy colours using Kool Aid… I overdyed it with Periwinkle.

Here are my skeins:

 The two on the left are from the same dye bath! Crazy to see what the different fibre does.  The two blue ones are from different dye baths. I actually really love how the red from the crazy Kool Aid experiment came through the Periwinkle: 

  

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