Hand-dyeing Yarn and a Happy Easter

Yesterday (Easter Sunday), I was overwhelmed with an urge to dye yarn. I’ve never done this before but I’d read a really good tutorial on how to do it, and I could think of nothing else but to do it. I used some leftover Cygnet Wool rich 4ply in cream to use and attempted to dye it pink and yellow (Easter colours, right?).

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Just as I took this photo it started raining – phew!

I realise now that trying to dye two different colours was probably a step too far for my first dying attempt but I think it worked out okay! I tired two different types of food colouring for it, both gels, Dr Oetker in a mix of hot pink and red and Wilton’s food colouring in bright yellow. The difference in the strength of the colours is amazing. As you can see, despite the strong/dark colours used for the pink, it came out quite pale and continued to become paler as it dried:

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Two little hexipuffs

Because I had just been using scraps, I wasn’t entirely sure of the yardage so I decided just to use it to make hexipuffs instead. I would really love to make a full skein in this colourway and use it to make socks, though I might do the pink a little darker. Next time I will also (hopefully!) more evenly balance the ratio between pink and yellow, but I still like how it looks right now.Β This was so much fun, I barely had the patience to wait during this project, I just wanted to start on the next steps so badly. I can’t wait for my next dye project! Knitting is so crazy like that, you think learning to knit will be enough, but it never is.

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About snailishknits

22 years old. Knits, crochets, and pretends to sew. Lives in Dublin, Ireland.
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6 Responses to Hand-dyeing Yarn and a Happy Easter

  1. Polo says:

    That yarn is gorgeous knitted up. Excellent first try at dying, I realy need to get around to that…

    • Thank you! I’d like to figure out how to make it self-striping of two rows of pink & two yellow to make some pretty socks. I’d definitely encourage it, it’s a whole lot of fun!

  2. Yup, knitting is crazy like that! Your yarn turned out great! πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀

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