This actually happened a couple of weeks ago, but I have been too wrapped up in other things to sit down and do any blogging. There are weeks when I feel like writing every day, and then I go through some times when I just completely forget to write. Or, when my to-do list is too intense, I feel like every second I get to use the computer should be focused on WORK and not on BLOG.
My friend Cindy and I tend toward slight hoarding when it comes to yarn. We’re in a yarn club and sometimes we go a little nuts when there’s a Really Good Deal, either in the club or elsewhere. This time, we both bought undyed comes of Gaia from Henry’s Attic in a piggyback order that one of her friends made. I bought three cones, and I’m not sure that Cindy told me how many she ended up buying (maybe because it was a LOT?) :) Here’s the yarn that Cindy brought over, and I don’t think that this is her whole stash of undyed yarn:
Since Gaia is certified organic, we wanted to try to be at least a little bit eco-conscious when we dyed it, so we used the low-impact dyes from Pancake and LuLu on Etsy.
We tried to be really scientific and weigh out the dye, and then use a certain percent solution to get the colors we wanted. This was really hard. My science brain should have kicked in here and helped us out, but I think that after so many years of intentionally keeping my two brains separate…it just didn’t work to try to force them together in this situation.
Here’s my aqua blue:
This came out so dark because at one point I thought I’d sprinkle a little red on top to see if I could get a little lavendar into my blue. That turned it a very ugly maroon, so I just started sprinkling random colors on. Here’s how it turned out in the end, which is fine:
I really love crockpot dyeing! We just put everything in and went off to have fun for a few hours. When we got back, the yarn was done and ready to be rinsed. (Never use your crockpot for food after dyeing, though!)