February 05, 2005

More fun with colours

This dyeing thing is addictive! I dyed two more skeins of that yellow sock yarn today. The first was with food colouring again, and I was aiming for variegated green — I think I was pretty successful, though the variegation is more subtle than my first skeins, since it’s tone on tone:


It’s difficult to capture the colour properly — it’s not as dark as that picture makes it seem, but not as bright and yellow-toned as in the picture with flash:


The second skein I dyed using tea. I’ve always wanted to try that, and though starting with a base colour of yellow won’t give me a perfect idea of the shades produced by tea, I gave it a shot anyway. This is the skein after soaking in very strong Red Rose Orange Pekoe tea:


I found it too orange for my taste, probably because of the yellow base; so I brewed up a batch of super-strong Chinese tea (some unidentified loose leaf I’ve had around the house for a long time) and dunked the yarn in that. It’s hard to see in this photo, but I think it toned down the orange a bit and resulted in a slightly browner colour:


Still not my favorite colour for wearing, but interesting. And they’re only socks, after all.

I’m finding that one skein/ball of the Kroy 3-ply seems to be enough for two socks — at least, I’m into the ribbing on the first sock from the first dyed ball and there’s more than half a ball left. So I should get 4 socks from the two pink/blue balls, and a pair from each of the skeins I dyed today. Suddenly I have a whole lot of sock yarn for myself!

Posted by Aven at February 5, 2005 06:52 PM

this is very romantic. I wonder how they will wash? You might try soaking them in a strong salt solution for a bit, before washing…

Posted by: Mom at February 5, 2005 08:01 PM

they all look really good Aven, congrats!

Posted by: Dani at February 5, 2005 10:50 PM

Neat! I love the orange. Tea eh? Hmmmm.

Posted by: Steph at February 6, 2005 10:02 AM