Once More Into The Dyepot

Finally got to dye up the yarn I wound with my Candy Striping technique. Here’s what it looked like after it dried:

And then in-skein:


For this one, I used Knit Picks Dye Your Own as a the base yarn. It behaved very differently from the yarn I dyed for Dye-O-Rama, which was Henry’s Attic Kona Superwash (from Diva Knitting). For one thing, the Knit Picks yarn didn’t bloom at all, so the size the strands before and after dyeing were the same. I’m much more confident that the knitting gauge that I based the striping on will work out on this one. However, it also took a lot longer to absorb the dye than the Kona did and as a result, a lot of dye crept up the damp strands and got into the white:

If you want to have an idea what the knitted yarn will look like, click here. Just remember that with the Candy Striping technique, the order of the stripes will be random.

Anyway, I’m done with dyeing for the time being. I have a bunch of big stuff coming up and as much fun as the dyeing is, I want to work on projects again. Maybe I finally finish Mermaid.


  1. Jeanne:

    Very nice - I love the way it will knit up.

  2. Cookie:

    How would you compare the KP vs Henry’s Attic yarns? I tried KP’s Dye Your Own when it first came out, but I really didn’t like it. From comments that I’ve read I think they may have changed the yarn though, so I’m curious to try that again. Unless you think the Henry’s Attic is nicer?

  3. Chris:

    Did you wash the knitpicks yarn first? It has tons of stuff on it (spinning oil and general dirt - the water was FILTHY) and seemed to bloom a little after it was washed, prior to dyeing.

    Good colors!

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