Some Solo Dyeing

Since the Little Mister is so fond of rainbows these days, I decided to dye up a huge Eco-Wool hank, in rainbow hues, to make a special something just for him.

It didn’t quite go as well as I had hoped.

~This was my pathetic attempt at spreading the yarn out so that it would dry before it rained.~

First I set everything up, only to find that I didn’t have any green or blue and very little yellow. But everything was set up and getting anything involving water going around here is no small task, so I decided to forge ahead. I noticed that the very edges of one of the colors turned a blueish shade, so I started experimenting to get more of that. What I ended up with was a whole heck of a lot of mauve. My reds were all tending more towards pink as well and I was generally not a happy camper.

And this here is where Steve get’s extra credit, good husband points, for offering to run to the store to get me some green, blue and yellow while the yarn was still wet. Furthermore, this offer was made full well knowing that it meant almost an hour round trip on a dark and rainy night and without any real investment in the outcome of said yarn beyond the potential happiness of one mama and one wee boy. Now that’s love I tell ya!

I over-dyed it upon his return. The blue and green help a bit. There was only so much I could do since it had been dyed previously. It’s still w-a-y heavy on the shades of pink, when I wasn’t trying for any pink at all! And it’s just generally a whole lot more fruity-loop-y, pastel and cutesy, then I had in mind. But once you tell a three year old that you are dyeing a special yarn for a special project just for him, you kind of have to use *that* yarn, like it or not.

I have to say, after all this, I’m crazy curious to see how it actually knits up.


8 thoughts on “Some Solo Dyeing

  1. Carrie

    I'm interested to see what it looks like too! We recently dyed yarn as well, our first attempts ever, so whatever we got out of it was a success.


  2. Jenn

    Fruitloopy or not, it is beautiful and he looks quite happy with it. I can't wait to see how it looks knit or crocheted. Yay, Steve! Gotta love a man willing to go so far for you. And I agree with Michelle, you are super mama extraordinaire, Melody.

  3. Claire

    oohh it looks pretty magical to me – how cute does Galen look holiding that big ball of wool!!!! Huge pat on the back for Steve – what a hero!

    What is the pattern for that forest green sweater galen is wearing? Did you like knitting it? I am wating to knit something for Esmé but can't find a pattern I like….. that one looks quite sweet.


  4. Melody

    Thank you everyone. I think Steve is appreciating the fan mail! :)

    Claire- I just made it up as I went along. I could give you a general idea of what I did if you'd like, but I didn't actually write down the pattern or anything.

  5. Three Little Acorns

    So beautiful! And I love, love, love the mushroom hat! Did you make up the pattern?

  6. Lil

    This yarn is so pretty !
    Could you please make a tutorial or so, to show us how you dye your yarn ? I've always been interested in doing that but I don't have a clue about how to do…

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