At the dye party last week (here, and here), I overdyed some really nice bulky pink yarn with a blend of silk, alpaca and wool. The yarn is for an accessory set that I plan on knitting for my sister, who will be heading for a graduate program at Yale this fall. She really likes the look of garments and accessories made from bulky yarns. She’s skinny, so she looks good in them too.
In all, I dyed 5 skeins in a gigantic stockpot to get rid of that bubble gum pink color, which both my sis and I don’t like. Because of the large volume of yarn and what I wanted to achieve, I had to dye them together as a batch in 3 major stages.
Left: I forgot to take “before” pictures, but this shows more or less what the original yarn color was (minus the hints of blue), which was a semi-solid soft pink to bubblegum pink; Right: A pile of boiling hot yarns after Stage 1 of dyeing. I purposefully gave it large chunks and sections of blue and lavender.
Above: Yarn after Stage 2 of dyeing and painting. I really liked the results in this stage. It reminds me of a nice opal. However, I don’t think that it’s really representative of what my sis would want.
And thanks to Denise, I now have some really fun panties! Yes, I am sharing my panties with the world.
Above: Showing both sides of each of the undies. Boxer briefs for the hubs (he’d better wear them!), a onesie for my friend, and boy short undies for myself. The onesie didn’t turn out great because I forgot to presoak it in soda ash, so most of the dyes washed out.
Above: Showing both sides of each sock. I don’t really wear socks, and am not into colorful socks. However, these would be great with some of my sneakers. I may give a couple of pairs to my sis, but I don’t think she’d wear them. She loves socks, but she wears them with such a San Franciscan artist’s flair that would give Stacy London a heart attack.