Sunday, July 06, 2008


Today was my first attempt at dyeing.  A week ago I purchased several sock blanks from Knit Picks and have been dying to dye them.  When I mentioned it on my blog my friend Jae kindly offered to help me with my first attempt at hand dyeing.  I knew I didn't want to use acid dyes.  I was more interested in trying my hand at Kool Aide dyeing.  And she had most of what I would have needed to try my hand at it.  What a friend!  So off I went to her house this morning for my first attempt at hand dyeing sock blanks.

When I got there we set up and jumped in almost right away. What fun it was to have someone to help talk me through it. It was a lot easier than I thought. But having someone there who knew what they are doing, made me much more comfortable.  

The set-up appeared very simply.  Put down plastic to protect your surfaces, wet blank, put Kool Aide in containers and get ready to dye your blank.  

I decided to do a very simply stripe for my first attempt.  I used grape, cherry, and lemon/lime.  Before anyone I know has a heart attack, I knew lemon lime would be green, but I thought I was just going to use it for really small stripes.  It didn't quite turn out that way, but I still love it.  

Not to bad for my first attempt.  At least I think it's not so bad.  Sorry for the pics.  I'm not a photographer, but any stretch of the imagination.  So this is the best I could do.

Jae decided to "tie dye" the skein I gave her.  And it came out fabulous.  I can't wait to see what it looks like knit up.

I think I'm going to have to try this technique myself.

So after several hours we ended up with four hand dyed sock blanks.  And the memory of a very fun day with a good friend.

More photo in my Flickr.


Nik said...

I love that orange and red one. I can't wait to see what it looks like knit up.

jae said...

The blank is dry today so I'm going to wind it into a yarncake. that should give us a good idea of how it will knit up. :)

Thanks for coming over - it was a lot of fun!!

Andi said...

Looks like fun! When my daughter is a bit older that will be a great family project.

gold said...

Looks like a lot of fun to do!!Love the colors you picked.

Robin said...

WOW...that's really awesome!!! I love the color combos!