I’ve been dyeing up a storm today

Dyeing yarn by hianja
Dyeing yarn, a photo by hianja on Flickr.

It’s the Knitting Guild’s vendors night next Monday, and I really needed to expand my sales stash. So, I dyed sock yarn all day. A series of yummy, cheerful, pastelly colors, I’ll be calling ‘gelato’. Now, to find fitting ice cream flavors for all the colors. ;o)

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Dyed some yarn recently and swore this time I wouldn’t forget to take pictures before it goes out the door. These are all dyed with food-safe dyes and mordanted with citric acid:

dyed skeins

The yarn is a fingering weight sock yarn (92% wool, 8% acrylic).

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Been fiddling around with pictures and paper to print ball bands for the hand dyed yarn I’m selling. I’m not convinced I have the best possible yet, but for now I’m satisfied:

ball bands

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I re-skeined the first batch of cotton today, and here’s how it turned out:


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27°C – showers

Humidity was up in the nineties again today. I hung my skeins out to dry anyway, but they’re still damp. The cotton took the dye really well, but on the wool (the four skeins in the back) it’s wasted. I’ll have to redye those skeins.


The gasman was here to change the meter, which makes me very happy, because I repeatedly had to call their emergency number for the old one when it smelled of gas in the vicinity. Hopefully that’s taken care of now.

And in other news my computer suddenly decided to lock me out this morning so that I was reduced to checking mails on the netbook, with no access to my files. The tiger did some open sesame trick, and now I’m back home, but he says he’s a little worried that he doesn’t really know what caused it. There’s a suspicious log entry that points to a small bug in the recently downloaded pattern font causing a domino effect. That kinda sucks, because I’d been hoping to use that, but of course it had to be deinstalled. Hrmph. Well, at least I have my computer back, and will watch with an eagle eye now if anything like that happens again or if it was really related to that font.

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8C – cloudy

Dyeing workshop 2
Originally uploaded by hianja

It’s not raining this morning, but everything’s still wet. I’m hoping they’re wrong about those showers for today and tomorrow so I can finally stain the last section of fence.

In other news, Saturday held another fun road trip outing with the local stitch’n’bitchers. Learned a new technique in my second dyeing workshop, and the pic shows the results.

Oh, and new market bags are now up at buntart. Still sold for a good cause. And, dudes and dudettes –  Christmas is gonna be here faster than expected. Again. Just sayin’.

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