Wednesday, August 23, 2006

playing with color

When we met in NH, Shelagh gave me some yarn to dye with the kids. On our first effort, we used red and blue Wiltons, made in a solution with water and poured over the yarn. The results remindedme of cotton candy. I know a lot of people would be happy with it, but it was a little too pastel for my taste. Today I went at it with all sorts of other stuff. I sprinkled grape and black cherry koolaid powder right on the yarn while it simmered in just enough water to cover it in my 12 quart pan. As it was simmering, I thought it needed a little something else, so I mixed some brown Wilton's paste in water and splashed that on here and there. When the water in pan looked clear, I turned off the stove and drained off the boiling water.
Some close ups of different sections of the yarn:

Don't worry folks, there will always be bugs here, too.

I've been trying to find a good milkweed bug for Shelagh, but having a hard time. Finally found this one hiding in the plant. Meanwhile, our older camera, which has the great built-in supermacro, is misbehaving terribly. I don't have a super macro for the new camera yet. So, my bug close-ups are limited for now.


turtlegirl76 said...

Oooh - I like the 3rd one with all the orange hues!

MollyBeees said...

Huh! Never seen a milkweed bug.
Love your dyed yarn! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I live in Verona so every now and then I see someone or someplace I know. Keep up the great work!

Sarah said...

Ah yes, I too like more color in my yarn!

I would have dyed again too. I like the way it turned out in the end!

Yay! bugs! I like bugs.

Bezzie said...

Are milkweed bugs like black beetles with an orange stripe down their middle? That's what we used to call them as kids, but what did we know?

I like the earthier colors you ended up with.

YarnB said...

Your yarn came out great.. What did you think of the quality of the yarn out of curiosity? I just bought recently one skein of the wool and nylon to see how close it was the wool and nylon I am doing for our shop. It is not the same yarn but it seemed soft. I am going to dye it this week..It also seemed thickier than fingering wt...... You did a great job with the colors!

Jerry & Maxy said...

Hi hi hi!!! Oh, the yarn came out so well! I prefer the darker colors too. And the milkweed bug is divine!!!! I'll have to see if you've put him up in your cafe press shop.