I spent Wednesday dyeing up a self striping sock yarn to knit.
I used Bare Fingering yarn in the merino/nylon base, my Hornshaw swift and a knitting loom.
I saw a few people at the last retreat use these tools and I wanted to try it for myself.
I put the hank on the the swift. KnitPicks is only 60 inches on there wraps.
I counted the pegs on the loom. Largest size had 40. So, I used 13 for each section and left one for the start and stop of the winding. I did a three color repeat with the center color going in both directions. I wrapped each section 10 times before moving on to the next section.
When the loom got full, I left the rest for the Heel and Toe color. I had 365 yds on the loom and 100 yds for contrast.
I then soaked the yarn in salt water with a bit of vinegar- not too exact, just a glug.
I had to use a pot to keep the yarn underwater, as the plastic loom wanted to float.
While that was soaking, I set up my dyes. I used some plastic freezer canning jars that I picked up on sale last year. I filled them half way with white vinegar and added about 1/2 tsp of salt. Stir to dissolve.
I then added boiling water to the cups and the dye. This time I went with Wilton's. I do not measure my dye, I just play and hope it comes out well.
As you can see, the darker color went into my bright color, so I just decided to second dip that color with the darker one when I was pulling them out.
I let the yarn soak for about 20 minutes. I started my hot water in the sink and got it to where I could not feel a difference in what was in the cups compared to the running water.
I rinsed the yarn , squeezed it until little water came out and hung up to dry.
It dried over night.
I then, very carefully, put the yarn back on the loom- yeah- that didn't work for skeining it back up. I took it off the loom and set it on the table and very carefully wound it into a ball.
Then I used a ball winder to transform it into a cake.
I am using the Crenellated Toe-Up Socks pattern by Lucy Neatby, on size 2 needles and 64 stitches. This sock has a unique square toe cast on. I hope I like the fit.
I am calling the yarn- Vineyard.