I’ve been captivated by spinning, carding, and dyeing videos on Youtube lately. Grace Shalom Hopkins has some beautiful, almost hypnotic time-lapse and sped-up demonstration videos where she cards art batts and shows spinning techniques. Chemknits has some interesting dyeing experiment videos, and I’ve been inspired to try my own experiments. In particular, I’ve wanted to try food-safe dyes, as they seem like a simple and straightforward way to play with technique. Since it’s Easter season, egg dye tablets are easily accessible and very cheap.
I thought I’d go for something of an ombre look, so I put my two tablets in the center of the moderately-tightly-wound cake, figuring that some would be absorbed by the interior of the cake and some would seep out into the water and saturate the bottom (or top) part a bit more.
Once the yarn cooled, I drained and rinsed it, then pulled the cake apart a bit so it could dry completely. I was hoping for more purple, but the subtle changes in all that blue (particularly the sections that are so light they almost look like they didn’t absorb dye at all) are just gorgeous!
I ran the yarn through the wheel to tighten up the z-twist a little, then wound it into a hank. I’m quite pleased with the color combinations, and I’m particularly excited by how the randomly-spaced little stripes will line up! It’s not much of an ombre, but I like it a lot.
I had so much fun with this one that I thought I’d try the same technique to dye some roving, then spun it afterwards to get a different combination of colors. I love the look of a blended two-ply (is that technically a marl?), so I tried it out, and I’m pretty smitten. I think I’ll be dyeing roving rather than yarn from now on!