Before & After: What Dye Can Do

pastel pink purple handspun yarn

It began with the rather anemic looking light purple/pink handspun yarn above which has languished about the house for months, swatched and frogged more than once. The camera does lie, it looks worse in real life. The yarn started as an even less inspiring roving I received in a trade. Apparently I neglected to take a picture of it then. No loss.

30 minutes simmering in the pot exhausted the completely haphazardly mixed purple dyebath. I did throw in a little mini-skein towards the end there, you can see it floating on top.

dyeing wool yarn purple

A trip through the dryer in a net lingerie bag—I’m so impatient—and voila! This is yarn I want to knit!

hand-dyed handspun purple lavender yarn

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  1. livnletlrn’s avatar

    ooh ahh. that’s gorgeous!

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  3. Snippety Gibbet’s avatar

    Wow! That color is quite brilliant! jan

  4. Rachel’s avatar

    Lovely. What are your plans for it? I would throw different bits of greens with it…looks like a perfect “Pansy” or “African Violet” shade…. yum

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