I don’t suppose I needed another messy hobby but I went and got myself one anyways.
Can you guess what it is?
It is colorful.
And occasionally toxic.
It banishes me to the garage after a blue stain magically appeared on the countertop.
It… of course… involves yarn.
There are bulky chemical resistant gloves. Mr. Safety made me get these.
Have you figured it out yet?
It steams in the microwave and cools on the deck.
While it cools down I plant Dahlias in my garden.
Ok… I’ll tell you now…
I started dyeing my own yarn!!!
I have gone through a few laborious hours of the process and can now say that I… am… TOTALLY HOOKED!
Now you ask yourself, “WHY Erin WHY!?”… well first I got picky about yarn quality. Then I would have a picture in my head of the perfect color for this project or that and not being able to find it… oh the frustration! I decided that it “couldn’t be that hard” to dye the yarn myself and started searching the internet for tutorials and pouring over the work of other yarn artists on Etsy. I also consulted my great pal and artist, Mikaela. We were roommates back at Tech and let me just say it is fun to live with an art major. They’re creative and adventurous and can be often found covered in ink, paint, dye, clay and masking tape… or maybe that’s just Mik. She is now married and living in another state… I miss her dearly. Anyways she is super creative and resourceful and you should check out her blogs here and here. She was very excited about my foray into dyeing and encouraged me to go for it! She gave me great advice on which dyes to use and I bought my supplies which arrived this past week.
This morning I dragged the ever faithful and patient Mark to Wal-Mart for the last round of supply purchases… vinegar… quart canning jars… plastic squirt bottles…etc. When we finally pulled back up to the house we noticed a package on the front porch.
It turned out to be these…
My late birthday present from Mikaela! Just when I was starting to get nervous about jumping headfirst into dyeing these books show up on my front porch! Thanks Mikaela, hopefully we can dye some yarn together soon!
Let me just say these books are great! I poured through them both, making notes and feeling more confident by the minute. The two skeins I did today used the simple hand painting method from Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan.
I really love the subtle beauty of a semi-solid and plan to master that technique first since its my favorite. I am pretty pleased with my results today but I am going out tomorrow to find a cheap crock pot so I can try my hand at kettle dyeing next to see which works best for me.