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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.

Above: Much darker! Showing  both sides of each skein after the final Stage 3.  I left some slight hints of pink and bright blue to contrast with some of the darker areas.  Click on photos to enlarge.

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.  I really like them all, except perhaps the ill-placed patch of bright yellow at the crotch of the one at bottom right.

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.


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Some of my friends took more (and better) photos of the dye party than I did, and they’re allowing me to share them with my readers. 🙂

(If you are interested in a private lesson or private group party, contact me about availability and rates.)

Elisabeth’s Photos:

left to right: Kristie and Laura, who sat out in the dyeing, watching everyone’s pots; Denise L showing off her cup of dye

left to right: The hostess with the mostess preparing her hanks; Shanda getting ready to flip her yarn

left to right: the fanciest tool in my dye aresenal; the dye counter

Shanda’s Photos:

left to right: helping Denise with her silk; mixing dyes for KE

left to right: Mary and Denise; Elisabeth adding more colors to her yarn while I help Denise mix some colors for her silk

https://i0.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3415/3409781170_aff3c211a5.jpg left to right: KE, Amanda and Denise L; Elisabeth adding more colors to her yarn while I check on Denise’s silk

Above: both Denises looking lovely while I practice to be a contortionist

Laura’s Photos:

left to right: Buckets of undies, socks, t-shirts and onesies soaking in soda ash; Chia squirting some dye onto a pair of socks.

You want to do have your own dye party but don’t know how to dye?  I can teach! Contact me about availability and rates.

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This past weekend, Aubrey, who is the one responsible for penning the, Handicraft Café blog, came back to soak in the sunshine of Southern California.  To ward off the pale vampire-white jokes, she did make sure to get some self-tanner so that she wouldn’t blind us with her whiteness.  😉  We had some brunch in Huntington Beach with our good friend Zona and her daughter, who made us all look like really tall Amazonians in this photo that she snapped.

Unfortunately, Aubrey had other family obligations, so she couldn’t join me and my knitting friends in one of the most fabulous dye parties I’ve ever been to.

The dye party was hosted by Denise and her hubs Dave, who generously opened up their home to our knitting group and allowed us to take over their kitchen and backyard with all sorts of fiber and colors.

Denise is a master tie-dyer and helped us dye all sorts of goodies, while I volunteered to teach everyone how to acid-dye yarn in the kitchen.  (If you are interested in a private lesson or private group party, contact me about availability and rates.) Dave kept us well fed with his master BBQ-ing skills.

left to right: Amanda squirting some aquamarine blue on her t-shirt; Amanda’s t-shirt

left to right: Shanda being goofy; Amanda, Shanda and Elisabeth taking a food break

left to right: Dave the master BBQ chef; I dyed some boxer briefs for my hubs in hopes that he’d actually wear it (we shall see!)

We took over the back patio for the tie-dyeing, and the entire kitchen and the kitchen sitting area for the acid-dyeing “studio.”

left to right: Elisabeth and KE concentrating on their hand-painting; Showing several techniques that I was teaching everyone – showing yarns from KE, Amanda and Elisabeth

left to right: Showing yarns from KE, Amanda, Chia and KE; I don’t recall whose yarn was in the large kettles, but the 2 shallow pots contain Denise L’s yarns.

I dyed several undies and socks for myself, and 6 skeins of bulky silk/alpaca/wool yarn that I intend to use for a project for my sister, but I will share that in my next post.

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