Of course, he found the lady busily stirring a batch of colourful dyepots and not lying on the floor gripped by a heart attack! I have no idea if that story is apocryphal or not but it still makes me laugh. I suppose I am easily amused.
Anyway, it set me thinking about further ideas for the summer. I started last week with some ideas for some Summer Knitting and I intend to continue for the whole of this month to suggest ways in which we can get our textile 'fix' while still enjoying all the other pleasures this season brings.
Our two girls always had a great time 'helping' me with dyeing. They gladly fetched and carried water, pre‐washed skeins of yarn while standing on a small stool at the kitchen sink, weighed out batches of fleece ready for the dyepot and giggled helplessly every time I ended up splashing dye on the walls or all over myself!
You need very little equipment to start dyeing and it is immensely satisfying to see something change colour right before your eyes. All you need is a good‐sized stainless steel saucepan with a well‐fitting lid, a couple of slotted spoons, a Pyrex measuring jug, a few small plastic bottles to store your dye stock solutions and a pair of rubber gloves.
So here's an easy dye project that will be immensely fun both for you and the kiddies: kettle‐dyeing some yarn ready for a pair of socks. Have a look at this blogpost and video from Rebecca at ChemKnits: "How to make a tonal kettle‐dyed yarn". You will want to get your own dyepot running the minute the video finishes!
The pattern uses a slip stitch called Slip Rib, which is not only very comfortable but is also great for blending colours. Then for this pair of red socks I went one stage further and chose to work with three balls of yarn at the same time for a pair of wonderfully tonal socks.
Have a look at my earlier blogposts here and here for some great ideas on how you can knit some wonderfully tonal-dyed socks of your own using your very own hand-dyed yarn!
Until next time – Happy Knitting!
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