Wake up- Time to Dye!

Sorry. Couldn’t resist the Bladerunner reference.

But really- that’s today’s story!

I don’t think I mentioned this earlier, but The Man got me an EarthHues dyeing kit for my birthday this year, and I’ve been really anxious to give it a go.
But first I needed a big pot. And a burner.

This weekend it finally all came together!
Here is the setup:

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And here is the yarn and fleece all snug in the pot with the alum solution getting mordanted:

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I left in in there overnight to cool out, then got a start with the actual dyeing this morning.

First up, Quebracho Red!

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Filling the pot-

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Dissolving the extract-

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And everything in the pot!

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the second pot was going to be just Pomegranate, but it seemed to me once it had been cooking a while that it was too khaki, and not enough yellow, so I added some Weld.

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And here are the results-

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Or most of them anyway. I did some fleece too, but it is all jumbled and messy looking right now and didn’t want to be photographed until it made itself more presentable 😉

Pretty pretty pretty.

I think I’m hooked.

Next up- madder and indigo!

And, here is the mystery knitting project of the week(s)

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Anyone have an idea what it is?

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Because I’m not sure myself!

7 Comments

  1. Bluff Country Shepherdess

    How PRETTY! And I’m not even a ‘pink’ person! Makes me want to start dying some wool/yarn. As for the knitting ~ perhaps a shawl?

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    • sheepsclothing

      thanks- I’m not really a pink person either- I kind of expected it to turn out more of a coral-ish red, but I do like the shade.

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  2. Keith

    Nice! You are soooo living my dream! I have some Earthues dye waiting to be used and am now inspired to give it whirl, once I have some spun yarn worthy of being dyed.

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  3. sheepsclothing

    thanks Keith- you should totally give it a shot. Not too terribly complicated, but it does take some time. Love the results, though!

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