Dyepot Stories: Nature Made

Over the Labor Day weekend, I had a chance to play with some madder and some rosemary.  I never cease to be amazed at the color plant dye can produce and how that color can change when the dye pot environment changes alkalinity or acidity.  Just amazing!  I posted a picture of the results drying on IG but having rinsed and skeined them except for one renegade skein just gives me the happies.  And of course I have to share that with you.

From left to right:

  • rosemary colored skein,
  • madder with baking soda added to give me a beautiful orange,
  • I got the pink from the leftovers from that alkaline madder solution,
  • fire engine red from adding lemon juice to the solution which made it more acidic,
  • and the bright peach colored renegade still tangled skein (oye vey) is dyed from the leftovers from the acidic madder solution.  I’m really going to have to get this untangled this week.

Since I’ve decided that this year I wouldn’t be that knitter without her own hand knit accessories, after dealing with the renegade, I’m going to start with this baby:

I want to make this hat below and I think both the yarn and the pattern will be perfect together.

Designer: Lisa Gutierrez of the Goodknits blog

Pattern: Honey

I’m looking forward to working with some more natural dyes especially now that I know what to do.  Not to worry … a tutorial will be on the blog soon, so you too can have some dyeing fun if you want to play.    😀

Dyepot Stories: My Newest Crush

 errrr … fiber.  That’s all I can really say.  I know I should be dyeing yarn more than I have been but man, fiber is a new awesome medium and I’ve been having a blast.   I have been dyeing yarn too; right now I’m working on a custom dye color for a client.    But fiber …  LOLOL!  I want to think that this spinning obsession love I have is driving even my dyeing escapades.  If you’ve been on IG, you would have seen these before, but I’m putting them on the blog for posterity.

First Dive  BFL

This first braid is 100% bfl (bluefaced leicester).  I called this one “Mud Pie”.  It’s amazing the end result when I look at the colors I started with.  This is non repeatable because basically I just went to town with the colors.  LOLOL!  I can’t wait to spin this up in the Fall.

This one is a 100% Falkland (the breed that doesn’t exist as a sheep breed, but that’s another story) braid.  I call this “Elisa The Beach Bum”.  It was inspired by a beach photo posted on IG by my friend Elisa Dallomo.

This is “Crown Jewels”.  Another Falkland braid I did for my friend Kathy who’s been amazing with her encouragement for my spinning adventures.

Disco Was Murdered Falkland

And this neon psychedelic was inspired by two of my favourite T.V. guys — Shawn & Gus — from T.V. series Psych.  This one is named “Disco Was Murdered”.
Not to worry … some yarn got dyed solid,  the dark garnet was over from a natural dye experiment that faded fast and the hand painted one was just fun trying out a new hand painting technique.

Yarn Dyeing July 2015

So it’s not that I’ve been a slacker with the pots … just in posting here.  😉