I have discovered a new and, in my opinion, very unique yarn dyeing technique. Remember, I work with thrifted sweaters, unravel them to reveal their wonderful naked yarn, then dye them up.
Normally I dye my yarn after I have put it into skeins using my $1.95 niddy noddy.
I skein it:
Then dye it:
Then rinse, wash, rinse and hang to dry:
The last dye batch I did I made way too much dye, I mean like gallons of dye just for those piddly five little skeins shown above. Don't ask me what I was thinking. Anyway, I couldn't bear to waste all that dye. So on a whim, I went upstairs to my old sweater stash (which I stocked before I remembered that I love to dye, I was planning on donating these back) and grabbed anything that I thought had any chance of looking cool after splashing a bit of color on it and unraveling it.
I'll show you a couple process pics:
A YELLOW sweater
Gets saturated with fiber reactive dye:
Gets washed and dried in the machine (which means no waiting days for my skein to dry thankyouverymuch)
Gets unraveled, AND, to my utter amazement, it turned out SPECTACULAR!
I got three beautiful skeins of Aran weight yarn after tripling the sweater's original gauge.
I think it's my best dye batch ever and will add this dyeing technique to my bag of tricks.
Here's some more pic for giggles:
And my new avater: