The count is up to 33 here and down to 9 days until the X-ray and hopefully being able to walk on my right foot again. Single digits!!!
Did some dyeing again this morning. Instead of using pots on the stove, it was instant (almost) gratification in the microwave. Critical to using the microwave is having the yarn completely wet so it doesn’t scorch or, worse yet, catch on fire. Microwaving the yarn is a wonderful way to heat set the dye in a very short period of time. I’m usually looking for these kind of variegated results as opposed to either space dyeing or kettle dyeing. Having all of these options expands dyeing to an almost limitless degree.
I started with the fawn 100% alpaca yarn in the middle and dyed 5 skeins total and all at the same time. These 2 dyed skeins shown in the photographs demonstrate how variable the results can be with hand dyeing. The colors can also vary in lightness/darkness in the same skein depending upon how the skein was laying in the container.
To even out differences in the colors, I will either knit from 2 skeins at the same time, alternating skeins or work from both the inside and outside of a center-pull ball. Again, I didn’t come up with these tricks but have found them very useful when I care about how the colors look in the final piece.
I dyed this yarn with a specific project in mind so you’ll be seeing it again!