Saturday, 28 March 2009

Dyed and ready for part 2 GIVEAWAY

I washed my fleece last week but stella posted instructions so thought I wouldn't bore you with the details again!



I decided to Kettle dye my fleece, which means basically you dye your fibre in a pan. I used 2 methods. The first is pretty simple. I wanted an even overall colour so I mixed my dye and placed it in the pan of water. Being careful to watch over it, Let it boil on the hob gently for 20mins and done!

The next method I used (in the pic) was to try and get a nice shaded green. I wanted the leafs and dark blue for the shading of the water and foilage. so In my pan I place my fleece added some blue dye and then gentley sprinkled yellow over the top.
This gives a very uneven dye. which is perfect as its all the same colour but with different shades.





And heres the result after 4 hours in the kitchen, I have a selection of greens, blues, pinks and lilac. These are still wet so excuse the towel! The colours are all will be blended together in the next stage. This is the exciting part as this will completly change the colours of the wool!



STELLA COLOURS


And bringing up the rear, here's mine. Sorry about photo, but wool is wet and it's really cold outside!


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26 comments:

ikkinlala said...

It looks good so far!

wordlily said...

The colors look great! Oh, and I think it's *sweet* that Monet's waterlilies ended up being the theme! It really does include practically all the voted colors.

KnitCave said...

The colours look lovely, especially the greens you have achieved. I am really looking forward to seeing the blends you make.

Hannah said...

Loving the greens and purples!

knitwits said...

looking gorgeous so far! i like all the different shades and the pinks and purples are my favs. can't wait to see what it will all look like when put together

Tracy O said...

Even wet the colors are beautiful and i know it is going to be just yummy!

Jen said...

The colours are beautiful together-just imagine them as socks....

Zoe said...

oh Jen your a step ahead of us.... what would you all make?

tollykit said...

Looking good. Can't wait to see the blends.

Helen @ The Beading Lady said...

Wow, what a lovely combination of colours!

Sharnemainia knits said...

oh they colours are loverly, depending on the ply, i'd make either some long fingerless gloves or a shawl, i think the colours would be perfect!

amanda said...

they look beautiful very much like the monet pictures. well done.

Madam Salami said...

ooh I'm loving those greens and purples. Really want to get my hands on the finished yarns!

jennyflower said...

What a fascinating insight!

Deneen said...

Perfect colors! Someone had suggested to me when dyeing to sprinkle the powder on top like you did and I thought it seemed not be the right way, not dissolving it-interesting you did it how she described and it worked out perfectly for your colorway-learning new things everyday.

Zoe said...

Daneen, i did disolve the pinks, and exhusted the dyes in 2 batches to give the shading. sprinkling can lead to a mushy mess. but i wanted blues and greens with the same tones/hues. So did it that way. I could have exhusted the dyes again but it wouldn't have given the subtle changes that i got using this method.

Bex said...

Love the colours! Would make a lovely shawl or socks depending on the ply!

knitwits said...

well me being me, i'd knit it into a little lacy baby cardigan lol

marion said...

Gorgeous! Would make lovely felt...sigh.

hennie said...

Zoe, what gorgeous colours, I want to make teddies out of them, taht or jelly babies

Aleximo said...

Really interesting to see the start to finish process of making yarn. Thanks for your comments on Folksy too! xXx

Nina said...

I think the y are all vibrant colours, I really love the blues and violets.

AnnieB said...

oooh, enter me...please - those colours look amazing I can't wait to see what happens next. What a great idea!

Concetta Phillipps said...

It looks great so far! The colors are fantastic and just in time for Easter.

Digital Misfit said...

So cool! The colors are lovely.

urban craft said...

very cool giveaway. Thanks!