I knew that the colors wouldn't be exact, but wanted to try to get close to the colors in a turtle butt diaper soaker I made for Lucky's first birthday. I had blue and green hats left over from his birthday party (yes, I save EVERYTHING.) I just need to make a blue and green that will complement the knit diaper cover. The dark blue is so saturated I thought it would be easier for me to hit than the green.
I created four miniskeins so I could have two attempts to make each color. I wrapped the yarn around the leg of a stool 12 times. The four miniskeins weight an average of 6.6 g (6.3, 6.6, 6.9, 6.3). Pure white yarn has been bleached so it isn't ideal for dyeing yarn. However, you work with what you have and I know that this yarn will take up some color. For the blue, I planned to use a mixture of Blue and NEON Blue food coloring. For the green I would use NEON green and maybe some NEON blue as necessary.
It is always fun to try out something new. Why not try to use mason jars inside of a pot of water on the stove top to set the color? Microwaving would be significantly faster and easier, but I knew there are a lot of fun applications for using mason jars to get variegated yards so I wanted to test out the technique before I used a whole skein of yarn.
In my first attempt:
- Green - 30 drops neon green, 4 drops yellow, and 3 drops neon blue. This might end up being too blue or too dark but I will adjust after this first attempt.
- Blue - 10 drops blue, 30 drops NEON blue
I make mistakes! Some of my mistakes are beautiful, but other times they're frustrating because I'm trying to achieve a specific result. Today I wanted to dye mostly solid yarns. (I knew that I'd get even better solid results if I used a larger volume of water, but I wanted to try mason jar dyeing.) I accidentally left the miniskeins twisted when I added them to the dyepot. Remember what happened when you kettle dye a twisted skein? You get some cool variation of color. Unfortunately, this wasn't what I wanted this time so I had to start over.
Since I needed to dye the yarns again anyway, I used this as an opportunity to tweek the colors a bit. Second attempt:
- Green - 30 drops neon green
- Blue - 35 drosp blue, 5 neon blue
I knew as soon as the dye had absorbed to the yarn that I was much closer to the colors I wanted. Could I try again to get even closer? Sure. However I knew that the decorations would be far enough from the shorts that it should work.
Now that the yarn has been dyed (and dried) I need to start crocheting some dinosaur appliques. I will talk about that project in another blog post but you can get a sneak peek if you watch the entire video of this dyeing process.