It’s Spring!!! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the tulips are blooming!
I have been loving my hand-knit socks you guys! Seriously so soft and warm. I realized when I pulled out my other skein to start dying that I had incorrectly stated that I used the BFL sock yarn but actually the bag says it’s MCN 4-ply sock yarn.…oops! I think Dharma Trading Co was out of stock of the BFL when I originally purchased them.
The MCN yarn is a blend of merino, cashmere and nylon so bonus!! No wonder they are so luxurious! Haha! One sock even got accidentally washed and dried by machine and they are still amazing! I was also pleased to discover that after washing they did shrink up a bit and the tiny bit of looseness that I noticed before is totally gone.
On to this next batch! I wanted to dye this yarn a really pale pretty green and was inspired by the tulips I bought the other day to add some sprinkles of pink in there for fun. I love how they turned out! I am determined to finish up the 2 knitting projects I have on the needles before I start another pair of socks though, so this skein will just have to wait a bit.
Spring sock recipe:
If you haven’t read my Get Started with Yarn Dyeing post, read that first!
1 Skein Undyed Sock Wool
1 bottle Rit Dye in Apple Green (liquid)
1 box Rit Dye in Fushia (powdered)
Stainless steel pot
Dust mask and gloves
- Soak your wool in tepid water for about an hour…pressing out all the air bubbles until it stays mostly submerged.
- Fill your pot with about 1/2 inch of tepid water and add Green dye a few drops at a time until water is a light green (I probably added about 1/2 tsp or so). Swish around the water until mixed well.
- Add yarn to pot and swirl around gently until yarn is mostly covered.
- Bring pot to a simmer over medium heat then remove from heat. At this point don’t move the pot until you are completely done and the water has returned to room temp.
- In a separate glass mixing cup, add 1 cup water and a bit more dye than used for the pot water (you want the color a touch darker than what is in the pot). pour into pot in small sections depending on how much variegation you want.
- You should be left with some yarn that is not submerged in dye. Using a spoon and the powdered fushia dye (and wearing a dust mask and gloves) sprinkle dye about 1/8th of a tsp at a time on the yarn that is peeking out of the water.
- Let pot cool to room temperature, then remove, and wash gently with a gentle detergent and tepid water.
- Press gently in a clean towel and hang to dry.
Then buy yourself some tulips and take some pretty pictures and show me so I can see! 🙂