Happy Mother’s Day!
here are is the photo from my dye pot last week. This is the exhaust from dyeing with onion skins in January. The skein on the left was dipped in rain water that that collected in an old iron dutch oven that sits by the fire pit. The water is is dirty looking rusty with little bits of black floating in it. I gave the yarn a quick dip to wet the fibers before throwing it in my exhaust water. It dulled the yellows a bit.
The yarn on the right is a wool fingering weight that is not machine washable. It felts rather easily so you have to be careful when dyeing it. The yellow is more vibrant since I didn’t modify it with iron water. But both skeins are lighter than the yarn I was dyeing when I first started this pot.
I love the yellows that I got from the onion skin dye pot. I would love a t shirt knit from this happy yellow. It is amazing the amount of color that I got from a material that usually ends up thrown out. You can read about my first dye pot here– https://whatzitknitz.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/sunshine-on-a-cloudy-day/.
I didn’t weigh or measure the onion skins that I used back in January — but I had been saving them for a while. I put all the dried skins from the outside of yellow onions in a plastic bag under the sink. When I took them out this winter I squished and crumpled the old skins until they fit in a one gallon ziplock bag. I put these in an old soup pot on our woodburning stove in the cabin. Normally I don’t dye indoors because of fumes but I did feel that the worse this would smell like would be onion soup. I poured in just enough water to cover the dry onion skins and threw a lid on it. The water turned to a light golden brown very quickly. It simmered while I did chores and then I put yarn directly in the pot lifting the skins so that the yarn sat underneath them. Some people strain the dye material out but I like the variegated look that I get from the dye stuff coming in contact with the yarn. Of course then there is always some vegatation clinging to the yarn but I find if I take the yarn outside and swing it around and thunk it against the railing on the deck most of that comes out. The rest comes out when I put it on the swift and use a ball winder before I knit with it.
This is probable the simplest dye project I have done. And the yellow is so wonderful I am already saving skins to do this again.
I made a lot of progress on my scrappy socks last night–they went from this to…...…..this. The heel is turned and I am knitting towards the toe. I am going to put my new to me toe on it again https://whatzitknitz.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/pussy-footing-around/ and write out how I knit it this time.
The pile of mini skeins is growing. I do have a little dilemma …
There are 10 hand dyed colors in the cup –I am a little biased I think they are wonderful. and then next to the cup are some sock yarns that I bought– also very nice. But my dilemma is this maybe I should go through my dye basket and pick out more naturally dyed yarns although they would be the same colors just different hues or maybe I should just leave the mix. What do you think???The colors from the top left to the bottom right are..
Black hollyhock blossoms
Walnut over cosmos
Onion skins modified with iron
Dried dahlia blossoms
Queen Anne’s Lace
Ok leave a comment if you want to enter the drawing and I am going to go out and enjoy my Mother’s day — Marty and Meva are taking me for a boat ride.