Purple Sage Yarn

In Dyeing on January 5, 2006 at 5:19 pm

Purple Sage YarnMy latest dyeing escapade. This time I used Gaywool dyes and did an “immersion” dye job. Pretty cool effect really when it’s all done. It’s a matter of putting your hank into water (almost 3/4 full on the hank), sprinkling dye all over the yarn with whatever colours you prefer and immersing the hank into the water slightly to allow the dye to settle into the water around the yarn. Then “cook” for 30 minutes. The reaction seems to take place within the first 4 minutes (or so the instructions say) so even if the dyes run into each other later and the water turns brown, no problem…just rinse the hank off after it’s “cooked” and all these lovely colours come out. It’s a pretty cool process and I quite enjoy watching the yarn come out as I never quite know what colours will be produced. This hank reminds me of the purple sage plant with it’s purples and burgundies so alas, I named it “purple sage”.

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  1. Your work is beautiful! What type of yarn do you use for dying? I would love to try making my own sock yarn, but havent got a clue what to use!! And I LOVE the colors that you choose!! So pretty!!

  2. Hi , I have been watching your work evolve and then I subscribed to your blog. I first saw you on dyehappy! I am amazed at how this one turned out! How could so many colors end up dispersed all over the yarn with an immersion method? That just amazes me! I noticed also with your kool aid dyeing (like berryliscious) that you were also able to get a lot of the colors dispersed throughout the yarn vs in chunks. My colors are ending up more chunked or pooled. I need to figure out how to get them more evenly across. Hope I am being clear! With the kool aid dyeing, how did you paint the yarn? In stripes or all over? Can you explain? You are doing great and I will keep watching you. Check out my experiments too ok?

  3. This hank is particularly gorgeous! You’re a super-dyer! πŸ™‚

  4. I am loving your yarn I will have to buy some very soon!

  5. Wow! I wanna be you! Look at that yarn!! I seriously need to practice dyeing more!! πŸ™‚

  6. The Purple Sage is absolutly beautiful……………

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