Sunday, August 22, 2021

2021 ChemKnits Chanukah Samplers Preorder!

You can now preorder the 2021 ChemKnits Chanukah Samplers in the ChemKnits Creations Etsy shop!

There are three listings for Chanukah 2021:
  • 2021 ChemKnits Chanukah Samplers - Choose between Sock or DK weight 75% Superwash Merino / 25% Nylon yarn. Each sampler will have 9-10 wrapped miniskeins totaling 100 g, a hand signed card from Rebecca, and multiple fun extras. 8 of the 10 gram minis will be wrapped with a number and the date that corresponds to a night of Chanukah for you to unwrap while watching a new Yarn Dyeing Video on the ChemKnits Tutorials YouTube Channel.
  • Add-On Full Skeins - For 2021 there will be two planned colorways you can add-on to your samplers. The first colorway will be on Sparkle Sock (a Superwash Merino blend with either Stellina or Lurex) and the second is a Donegal Yarn with Multi-Colored Neps available in both Sock or DK weights. Each add-on skein will be wrapped with a progress keeper.
  • Add-on Yarn Mop - New for 2021, you can pre-order a mystery yarn mop dyed in one of the Chanukah videos. Some of these colorways that use up leftover dye have become my favorites every year. Choose between Sock Yarn (75/25 Superwash Merino / Nylon) or DK (100% Superwash Merino). Each yarn mop add-on skein will be wrapped with a progress keeper.
You don't need to be Jewish to participate in the ChemKnits Chanukah Special! I invite you all to celebrate with me. This is one of my favorite events of the year because it is so much fun creating these videos!

****************** Frequently Asked Questions ******************

Most of the information below is included in the Etsy listings, but I figured that I would include it here for clarity.


The first night of Chanukah is November 28, 2021 and the 8th night is November December 5, 2021. I will release each dyeing video (1-8) after sunset EST on the corresponding night of Chanukah. The bonus videos (#9) and for any add on colorways will be released after the 8th night. Release dates will be included in a letter inside the samplers. All of the yarn dyeing tutorial videos will be publicly available on the ChemKnits Tutorials YouTube Channel.


Samplers will ship in late October/early November 2021.


No. Due to the volume of orders, in 2021 I will not combine shipping of orders of multiple samplers or add-on skeins that are ordered after the initial sampler order. Thank you for your understanding.


Yes! As long as you ordered a 2021 Chanukah Sampler you can purchase an add-on. Please note that for 2021 I cannot combine orders into one package, but you are welcome to place multiple orders.


All of the miniskeins will feature the same 75% Superwash Merino / 25% Nylon yarn base in either Fingering Weight or DK weight. These can easily be combined in one project, however they are not being dyed with a specific fade or colorwork project in mind. There will be a variety of dye techniques on each of the minis ranging from speckles, semi solids, and more.


No. The colors will be a surprise (which is part of the fun!) While each sampler won't necessarily be identical, the techniques used for each night will be similar across samplers.


You can open the box to avoid spoilers on the yarn colorways. The yarn mini-skeins are all wrapped. The “fun extras” will be spoiled as they are visible in the box, but you won’t spoil any of the colorways or dyeing techniques by opening up the sampler box.


I always hold back some Samplers until after I have shipped out the pre-orders. There will be a small restock at the end of October/beginning of November.


The videos will be published on the ChemKnits Tutorials YouTube channel starting Sunday November 28, 2021 at 8:30 PM EST. You can find all of the videos as they are published in the 2021 ChemKnits Chanukah Special Playlist.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

2021 Summer Mini Skein Mini Series (SMSMS) Starts June 20!

Welcome to the 2021 Summer Mini Skein Mini Series!  This is a yearly series that features the dyeing of miniskeins in a variety of techniques.  Each night will feature a different technique to dye the yarn.  In 2021, you will also see various combinations of 9 different yarn bases in each video!

2021 SMSMS Playlist: 

For planning purposes, here are approximate lengths of the videos:

  • Night 1 (6/20) - 55 minutes
  • Night 2 (6/21) - 46 minutes
  • Night 3 (6/22) - 41 minutes
  • Night 4 (6/23) - 1 hour 6 minutes 
  • Night 5 (6/24) - 45 minutes
  • Night 6 (6/25) - 41 minutes
  • Bonus! (6/26) - 52 minutes
All of these videos will launch as YouTube Premieres for the first viewing.  This means that there will be a live chat room during the first watch.  Once the first showing is over, the episode can be watched like a regular YouTube video.  I will be in the Live chat room some of the nights, and will leave a pinned comment in advance so you can tell whether or not I will be there.  (6/20 is Father's Day and 6/25 is my 10 year wedding anniversary so I will likely be absent on those dates.)   

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Swatching Acid Dye Powders on Yarn

I love to crudely swatch acid dye powders on yarn to quickly get a feeling for the relative intensities and hues of different colors.  

Why? Acid dyes come in a wide range of colors and potency, from premixed pastels to super pigmented dark colors.  Almost all of the colors can be very intense when you dye directly with the dry powder - and therefore look very different from how they might look at a 1% DOS on a swatch card.  (DOS = grams of dye / 100 g of fiber.  A 1% DOS is 1 gram dye / 100 g yarn.)  

This quick method of swatching lets me see if colors might break with speckling and how different colors within one family compare to one another.  I've included a lot of these "swatch cards" in my videos, but I wanted to share these images as an easy reference since I look at the again and again.  The conditions vary in each example so it is best to compare colors within one image, but hopefully this can give you a rough feel of what you can get with different colors. 

I am going to add captions with all of the dye names below each of the images so you can easily search this page for the color you want to see. You will find all 40 Jacquard Acid Dye colors and most of the Dharma Acid Dye Collection. The video featuring the swatch is linked below each image so you can hear more about the colors and see how the final yarn from the swatch photo turned out! If I made the swatches in a livestream I linked to the recap so you can see the finished yarn and a summary of the project.

Color Swatching Dharma Acid Dyes - Cool TonesDHARMA  Deep Navy, Toner Black, Silver Gray, Twilight Gray, Electric Violet, Frozen, Deep Purple, True Black

Color Swatching Dharma Acid Dyes - Warm TonesDHARMA  Espresso Bean, Tangelo, Fluorescent Fuschia, Fire Engine Red, Cherry Bomb, Fluorescent Safety Orange, Jacquard Brown

Swatching Dharma Acid Dyes: Greens, Blues, and Purples;  DHARMA Emerald Green, Teal Green, Delphinium Blue, Avocado, Sage Leaf, Purple Pop 

Swatching 17 Dharma Acid Dye Colors - 5/21/19 Livestream RecapDHARMA  Sapphire Blue, Caribbean Blue, Bright Aqua, True Turquoise

Swatching 17 Dharma Acid Dye Colors - 5/21/19 Livestream Recap; DHARMA  Sapphire Blue, Caribbean Blue, Bright Aqua, True Turquoise, Lilac, Radioactive (Fluorescent), Sour Apple, Blued Steel, Berry Crush, Deep Magenta, Platinum

Swatching 17 Dharma Acid Dye Colors - 5/21/19 Livestream Recap; DHARMA Fluorescent Lemon, Fawn, Sand Dune, Golden Poppy, Saffron Spice, Pecan Brown

Swatching All 40 Jaquard Acid Dye Colors on Yarn - 6/25/19 Livestream Recap; JACQUARD Sky Blue, Royal Blue, Brilliant Blue, Sapphire Blue, Gun Metal, Jet Black, Silvery Gray, Purple, Periwinkle, Turquoise, Violet, Lilac, Navy 

Swatching All 40 Jaquard Acid Dye Colors on Yarn - 6/25/19 Livestream RecapJACQUARD Russet, Crimson, Cherry Red, Fire Red, Vermillion, Burgundy, Bright Scarlet, Hot Fuchsia, Pink, Chestnut, Ecru, Brown, Burnt Orange, Salmon, Deep Orange

Swatching All 40 Jaquard Acid Dye Colors on Yarn - 6/25/19 Livestream Recap ; JACQUARD Golden Ochre, Aztec Gold, Golden Yellow, Pumpkin Orange, Sun Yellow, Kelly Green, Chartreuse, Bright Yellow, Teal, Spruce, Emerald, Olive

August 2019 #ChemKnitsDyeAlong JACQUARD - Brown, Chestnut, Aztec Gold, Ecru
DHARMA - Fawn, Sand Dune, Pecan Brown, Espresso Bean, True Black, Silver Gray

September 2020 #ChemKnitsDyeAlong; DHAMRA Tobacco Leaf, Fawn, Olive Brown, Golden Straw, Champagne, Avocado, Moss Green, Lichen, Chartreuse, Radioactive, Sand Dune

October 2020 #ChemKnitsDyeAlongDHAMRA Cabernet, Honey Mustard, Golden Poppy, Blazing Orange, Saffron Spice, Forest Green, Pecan Brown, Teddy Bear Brown, Eggplant, Espresso Bean, Berry Crush, Plum Dandy

Dyepot PS #32 - Swatching Dharma Acid Dyes On Yarn; Rough Swatches with New To Me ColorsDHAMRA Antique Mauve, Hyacinth, Midnight Blue, Indigo Blue, Extreme Blue, Alpine Blue, Baby Blue Eyes, Sea Spray, Spearmint Breeze, Plum Dandy, Cabernet, Aubergine (Eggplant)

Dyepot PS #32 - Swatching Dharma Acid Dyes On Yarn; Rough Swatches with New To Me ColorsDHAMRA Oxblood, Chinese Red, Ponsettia, Cayenne Red, Blazing Orange, Peach Blush, Valentine Pink, Ballerina Pink, Flamingo Pink, Antique Mauve, Pink Orchid

Dyepot PS #32 - Swatching Dharma Acid Dyes On Yarn; Rough Swatches with New To Me ColorsDHAMRA Teddy Bear Brown, Olive Brown, Tobacco Leaf, Chartreuse, Lichen, Moss, Kelly Green, Ivory, Champagne, Golden Straw, Sunflower Yellow, Duckling, Honey Mustard 

Video TBD! DHAMRA Avocado, Golden Poppy, Brilliant Yellow, Pecan Brown, Golden Straw, Sunflower Yellow, Honey Mustard, Sour Apple, Emerald Green

March 2021 #ChemKnitsDyeAlong DHAMRA Sour Apple, Chartreuse, Lichen, Moss Green, Honey Mustard, Teddy Bear Brown, True Black, Silver Gray

February 2021 #ChemKnitsDyeAlong DHAMRA Valentine Blush, Ballerina Pink, Flamingo Pink, Tangelo, Peach Blush, Antique Mauve

This post includes all of the crude swatches I've done through April 2021.