The big reveal for those of you that haven’t already guessed…the new project I started is Picard by Marnie MacLean!
My partner gave me the pattern for xmas and I couldn’t wait to get started on it. As mentioned in a previous post I purchased a motherload of Rowan Purelife Organic for peanuts at the Knitting and Stitching Show in October, so had my DK yarn – just needed to dye it.
This was a bit of a problem as I still haven’t found a cheap replacement stainless steel dyeing pot after my toxic mercury spill. In a fit of inspiration I decided I would try dyeing some other lovely yarn I received as a gift (thank you again!!) in a large a plastic tub, adding hot water from the kettle until it was hot enough. Figured trying it with 2 skeins would be easier than 10!
I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get the yarn hot enough and keep it high enough to exhaust the dye, but thankfully it worked! I am now able to dye yarn once again! Hooray for me! What a relief. I was going into withdrawal. 😉
So on to the Rowan – here it is soaking in a vinegar/soap bath below.
And here it is after dyeing, drying in the loo:
Initially I planned to dye the yarn a deeper peacock colour like this photoshop mock up,
But along the way I hit this beautiful French looking grey/blue and just couldn’t go any further.
It makes me think of faded French chateaus and a particular painted panel I saw by Odilon Redon the first time I went to the Musée d’Orsay.
Your dyeing is so impressive. How did you learn to do it? 🙂
Thank you! Oh I went about learning very methodically- HAH. Not. Just like most things I learn – I jumped in… I just bought a bunch of dyes and started. Think I have a bit of an advantage in that I know my colour theory very well from many years painting, etc. (and teaching it too, I guess!).
hehehe – I have the dress the model is wearing!
Ooooh! It is a cute one. You must have SO many cool clothes!!! Jealous. 😉