I wanted to try some long color repeats. I did this a bit ago to make some self striping sock yarn. I used a different method to make my mini-skeins which I liked better. I'll blog about that another day though.
This time I used my niddy-noddy and wrapped 4 times before pulling off the loops, tieing in a few places and then doing it again (and again and again).
Here's my re-purposed canning pot with water in it getting hot.
I'm REALLY glad I test fit my yarn while it was dry. The first jars I tried were not big enough. I know you're supposed to soak the yarn first - but I've tried to move/untangle wet yarn before and it's a nightmare. So I decided to do this my way and see what happened.
I filled the jars and then heated everything and let them soak for an hour. (That seems like a good time. It was a bit unintentional since it was while I was trying to convince my kids to go to sleep...)
My dyes... I have a sad. I wanted to make up a 0.3% DOS solution for the 1/3 of the skein that each dye was going to be used for. I CAREFULLY figured out how much dye powder I'd need for each dye for 1% DOS. Then I divided that to get my 0.3% solution. However, I forgot/got distracted and neglected to divide by 3. So - I got really nice bright colors when I was going for pastels.
All heated up.
I added the dye slowly. I diluted my mixtures quite alot so that I could vary where I added it. I used a large syringe to start at the bottom with some, then mix with a stir stick. Then I added more and more and stirred trying my best to get even coverage.
After it cooked for the suggested times, I added the citric acid and my dye bath nicely exhausted.